It’s a fair enough question, isn’t it? We all at some point or other have asked this question. Last night I was staring at the ceiling and wondering if it was the heat or maybe I should watch something on my phone to help me sleep. Perhaps if I use the fan…but that wouldn’t work. All it will do is make me sick from the cold. It was frustrating. In my last science & medicine post I spoke about night terrors and how to combat them. Today I thought I would tackle another “sleep demon” as it were–sleep apnea. So let\’s take a look at why I can\’t sleep.
I thought we’d look at one of the more serious sleep disorders–sleep apnea. Now, sleep apnea is very dangerous because when you have sleep apnea your breathing actually stops and starts. I don’t know if you’ve ever woken up feeling like you haven’t slept at all, if that is the case you probably have sleep apnea and should get it treated. There are three types of sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea
The most popular member of the family, occurs most commonly when your throat and tongue muscles relax. This actually causes your breathing to stop and start intermittently. This is mostly found in adults who are overweight or obese. If you’re not sure how to pick up whether or not you have sleep apnea, another sign is snoring and lack of sleep. So when someone tells you you snore and you have the other symptoms of sleep apnea, they may just be right. There are devices and surgery (worst case scenario) that you can do to be treated, but, whatever you do, don’t ignore it. Sleep is very important.
Central Sleep Apnea
Another sleeping disorder that involves intermittent breathing. This intermittent breathing is caused because your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles controlling your breathing. Unlike the more common obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea doesn’t occur too commonly. However, it is more dangerous in that it can be a sign to other conditions such as heart failure or stroke. In order to treat this you will need to treat the underlying condition as well as providing treatments to facilitate your breathing.
Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, is a combination of the above two mentioned disorders.
We discussed above the three types of sleep apnea, now let’s look into one of their symptoms–insomnia. Now insomnia has many symptoms some of which are sleeplessness, waking up early and being unable to go back to sleep, constant drowsiness and irritability during the day.
These are just brief explanations of the three types of sleep apnea. If you have any of them, you will need to get help especially if you suffer from Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome. All these sleep disorders are easily treatable. You don’t need to suffer with them, go see your doctor and let him/her assist you in finding the right treatment.
I hoped this helped you if you are/think you are suffering from any of these three sleep apnea disorders.
God bless you, my precious avids.