Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea affects around 30 million Americans and millions more are at risk for the illness.   Obstructive sleep apnea is the periodic cessation of breathing while asleep. It is caused by a partial or complete blockage of the airway by the tissues in the back of the throat.   Sleep apnea can cause heart disease and stroke.   Cardiac arrhythmias and congestive heart failure are also much more common among sleep apnea sufferers.   It has five-fold increased risk of diabetes and obesity.  It has related to problems such as headaches upon awakening, poor exercise tolerance, hypertension, memory loss, history of stroke or heart attack, and lung disease.[1]

If you have the above symptoms, you should be tested for sleep apnea. You may need CPAP machine to help you breath at night.  But you need to lose weight and avoid alcohol and sedative drugs.

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