Sleep

We spend 25 years of our lives sleeping, lets do it right.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is described as a condition caused by abnormal breathing while sleeping. People with sleep apnea take many pauses in breathing, causing a lack of oxygen supply to the body. “Obstructive sleep apnea affects 2-9% of adults in the United States, but many cases are believed to go undiagnosed.” Symptoms of sleep apnea can be disrupted breathing during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headache, irritability, limited attention span, snoring that is especially loud, morning sore throat or dry Man sleeping with sleep apnea maskmouth, and nocturia (frequent need to wake up to urinate). Causes of sleep apnea can be issues within the throat (issues with air flow in the throat) or nose, obesity, use of sedatives, family history, smoking, sleeping on your back, nasal congestion, and hormonal abnormalities. Sleep apnea can be treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, designed to push air through a mask (that you wear through the night) and keep the airways open. (Suni, Sleep Apnea, n.d.) Surgery may also be performed to remove the obstruction. While sleep apnea mainly affects the sufferer, someone who sleeps next to them will have a hard time sleeping. The constant noise of snoring can disrupt anyone’s sleep. Sleep apnea can impact your relationship in the realm of intimacy. Some men with sleep apnea are known to suffer erectile dysfunction.