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Sleep Apnea Myths & Facts
To become fully aware of recognizing and treating Sleep Apnea, one must be
aware of the myths and facts attributed to this disorder. My research came
up with the following:
Sleep Apnea Is Just Snoring
Although snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, there's a big difference
between the two. People with sleep apnea actually
stop breathing up to 400 times throughout the
night. These interruptions last 10 to 30 seconds
and are often followed by a snort when breathing
resumes. This breaks your sleep cycle and can
leave you tired during the day.
Sleep Apnea Is Not Dangerous
Myth. All those interruptions in sleep take a toll on the body and mind.
Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to job-related injuries, car accidents,
heart attacks, and strokes.
Sleep Apnea Blocks Your Breath
Fact. The most common type of sleep apnea
is obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. It happens
when your tongue, tonsils, or other tissues in the
back of the throat block the airway. When you try
to breathe in, the air can't get through. Central
sleep apnea is less common than OSA. Central
sleep apnea means the brain doesn't always signal the body to breathe when
it should.
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