Sleep apnea is characterized by tiredness despite getting a full night’s rest. This is because sleep apnea disrupts the body’s sleep cycle.
A study on the disorder suggests that prolonged sleep deprivation may lead to:
• Poor/slower reflexes
• Difficulty concentrating
• Serious health problems (i.e. diabetes and high blood pressure)
• Weight gain
Sleep apnea refers to interrupted or shallow breathing patterns during sleep. Tests suggest that, on average, each pause between breaths lasts between 10 to 20 seconds. This typically occurs nearly one-hundred times during the night.
Sleep apnea comes in different forms. These different types include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea. Common treatments for sleep apnea are muscle relaxants and sedatives, avoiding alcohol before sleeping, sleeping on your side, using a sleep apnea machine, sleeping with your head elevated and treating chronic colds and snoring.
For more information on sleep apnea, see below:
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