Sleep apnea is a serious condition that has major adverse consequences for your psychological, cognitive, and behavioural functioning.
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure masks (CPAP), which almost everyone hates using and over 65% ditch at some point.
So, a new study just published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine aimed at finding how much difference CPAP masks had on their client’s well-being.
And the surprising results were quite different than the researchers expected.
In this study, 110 sleep apnea sufferers and 31 people without this condition underwent a polysomnographic sleep assessment for several nights as well as psychological, cognitive, and behavioural testing.
Predictably, unlike good sleep breathers, sleep apnea sufferers were fatigued, battled with low mood, had a relatively poor quality of life, and struggled with psychomotor function, working memory, and alertness.
They then treated 88 sleep apnea sufferers with continuous positive airway pressure for three months to check whether this common treatment solved the psychological and cognitive impairments.
Surprisingly, while the treatment did relieve some of the problems, they still performed far below the good sleepers on the above-mentioned tests.
This held even for people who used the airway devices regularly and properly.
The researchers speculated that, since their subjects all suffered from mild to moderate sleep apnea, the relative ineffectiveness of continuous positive airway pressure on neurological functioning at this level of apnea may be responsible for the low adherence to the treatment that medical professionals so often observe in their patients.
That is, people don’t ditch just their mask because it is uncomfortable to sleep with, but because it does not make enough of a difference.
That’s the reason it’s so important to CURE snoring and sleep apnea permanently. Not just treat it with a face mask.
Prevent Snoring and Sleep Apnea – The Deadly Effect of Snoring (and it’s not sleep apnea)
People who snore but pass the sleep apnea test are most often just written off as suffering an annoyance.
This is however far from true according to a new study published in the Journal of International Medical Research.
In fact, snoring alone may even be more life-threatening than sleep apnea.
Researchers had 181 people undergo a polysomnographic sleep assessment for one night, which included an analysis of their levels of sleep apnea and snoring.
They measured their blood pressure when they woke up and again 15 minutes after waking.
Those on blood pressure medication or with a blood pressure score of 140/90 mmHg and upwards were classified as hypertensive.
Unsurprisingly, they found that people with sleep apnea were likely to have high blood pressure.
But they discovered that snoring alone was an even stronger predictor of hypertension than sleep apnea was.
In other words, snorers without sleep apnea are even more likely than sleep apnea sufferers to have high blood pressure.
The reason why snoring is a blood pressure risk is the same as for sleep apnea.
As common as snoring is, it is not a normal breathing pattern. It is a warning that there is an obstruction in your air passages that are meant to allow enough oxygen into your body.
It may not involve pauses in breathing, like sleep apnea does, but it still means that too little air is getting into your body.
Fortunately there is a simple way to cure snoring permanently.
Prevent Snoring and Sleep Apnea – When Snoring and Sleep Apnea Is Out Of Your Control
Sleep apnea and snoring are very often blamed on being overweight and the main advice doctors give is to try to lose weight.
But according to a new study published study in the journal Clinical Imaging, this may not always be the case.
In fact it may have more to do with something that happened when you were born, which is of course completely out of your control.
The good news is that you can still cure your snoring and sleep apnea without having to lose weight.
Watch this Video – Top 5 Exercises for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to compare the airways of 49 preterm and 47 term infants.
While they found no difference in the sizes of the hypopharynx (the entrance into the esophagus), the adenoids, or the tonsils, they did discover that the two groups differed in nasopharynx and oropharynx size.
Your nasopharynx and oropharynx lie in your upper airway, between the back of your mouth and the area just above your esophagus.
On average, preterm babies had a nasopharynx size of 221 mm compared to the 495.6 mm of term babies, which means they were less than half of the size.
The oropharynx of preterm babies were 179.3 mm while those of term babies measured 313.6 mm, again a huge difference.
While they did not test for the existence of sleep apnea, which infants of that size would probably not have had yet anyway, they concluded that these smaller airway measurements had the potential to cause sleep apnea later in life.
So if you were born preterm, this may very well contribute to your snoring and sleep apnea.
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