Sleep apnea is common amongst people who are overweight but it can affect anyone, even children with enlarged tonsil tissues.
It is something that you should address as soon as possible. Most people who have sleep apnea are unaware they have it because it only occurs while the person is asleep. Usually it is either a family member or bed partner that will first notice the signs of sleep apnea. Prolonged lack of oxygen can lead to death of brain cells and even long term damages to your heart and kidneys.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, it happens when the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep.
Look and see if you are experiencing the following signs:
- Experiencing headaches after a longer period of sleep
- Constantly tired or decreased level of concentration
- Falling asleep or nodding off while driving
- Frequent urination throughout the night
- Snoring heavily
- High blood pressure
- Pulse is consistently higher than before
- Neck is short, have a double chin or have gained weight
Workable Lifestyle Suggestion
- Go to see your family doctor and ask for a possible sleep assessment if you are experiencing most of the symptoms above.
- Ask your bed partner to see if they have heard that you have a habit of loud snoring or sudden inhalations after a period of silence during sleep.
- Learn to breathe through your nose and not your mouth, take deeper breathes during the day.
- Start to sleep on your side rather than on your back.
- Exercise and watch for any excessive weight increase especially in the neck area.
- Smoking worsens apnea
- Alcohol and sedative sleeping medications should be avoided