In the last few years, the amount of information about sleep apnea that’s been available to the public has increased significantly. According to the National Sleep Foundation, doctors, researchers, and sleep centers have made great advances in raising awareness about the symptoms and causes of sleep apnea. Here are the more common misconceptions about sleep apnea.
Snoring. While snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, it doesn’t mean that everyone who snores has this sleep disorder. People who suffer from sleep apnea pause their breathing while they’re asleep, sometimes even hundreds of times every night, impacting their health with the interruptions.
Age. While it may be more common in people over 40 years of age, sleep apnea can affect people the ages of 30, 25, 15 and even 5. There are some physical attributes that can increase your risk of devolving this sleep disorder, such as being overweight or being male.
Obesity. Being overweight can increase the likelihood of developing sleep apnea due to the fatty tissue in the throat. As fatty tissues increase, they can collapse and block the airway when one relaxes during sleep.
A harmless sleep disorder. People may think sleep apnea is just snoring, but it’s a sleep disorder that takes a toll on all who suffer from it because it robs people of proper sleep and the health benefits that sleep provides, leaving them drowsy and lethargic during the day. In addition, there is also research that has shown that untreated sleep apnea can result in many serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
If you have questions or concerns regarding sleep apnea, contact Dr. Yamada at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.
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