Most people with sleep apnea go undiagnosed for a prolonged period of time… and sometimes they are never diagnosed. This is not good as it is a life-threatening disease in many different ways.
If you snore loudly, it’s very likely you suffer sleep apnea – even if you have never been diagnosed. In fact, most sleep experts treat snoring as a case of mild sleep apnea or undiagnosed sleep apnea.
The problem is that to diagnose sleep apnea properly, people have to spend a night in a sleep lab and would be plugged up several wires and tubes for the entire night. Not a very pleasant experience.
Until now that is! A new study has revealed a simpler way to diagnose sleep apnea 98% of the time. All it takes is a little device that you already carry with you everywhere.
A team of Thai scientists wondered whether it was possible to record sleeping sounds and diagnose snoring and sleep apnea severity from it.
They presented their study at the 2018 15th International Conference on Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ECTI-CON).
To do this, they first recruited 49 study subjects, and asked them to sleep in the laboratory for one night in order to undergo a multichannel polysomnography assessment.
This included an EEG of the subject’s brain activity, their heart rhythm, their muscle activity, their eye movements, their blood oxygen, their chest wall, upper abdominal wall movements, and so forth.
With their polysomnograms results in hand, the researchers categorized them into four groups: 24 people that suffered from severe sleep apnea, 10 people who had moderate apnea, seven with mild apnea, and eight snorers with no sleep apnea.
During the sleep study in the laboratory, the researchers also recorded their subject’s snoring sounds and identified 33 different common snoring sounds.
Through the use of statistical measures, they identified the 10 most common sounds and investigated the precision in which they could predict which group each subject belonged to.
They found that they could accurately separate sleep apnea patients from snorers with only one of the sounds.
They could also divide their subjects into the four groups with an accuracy of 87.8 percent, which may not be as high as a whole sleep study, but would be more than sufficient for a preliminary diagnosis.
So, the future of diagnosing sleep apnea is not far away from becoming a simple phone app that records your snoring to send over to the sleep doctor.
Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea -#1 Cause of Sleep Apnea and Snoring Discovered
A new study published in the journal Pulse reveals the single biggest cause of snoring and sleep apnea.
Not only does this factor press on your throat and strangle you while you sleep, it also changes the shape of your breathing passages, causing those dreaded night terrors.
According to this review study, approximately 80% of people with sleep apnea were found to be overweight or obese.
This is no big surprise but how it causes it was shocking.
Tomographic scans revealed that obesity causes an increased in the amount of fat stored in your pharyngeal area – this is the part of your throat that is behind your mouth and above your esophagus. Your nasal passages also generally open here to facilitate smooth breathing.
If you are obese, then the fat deposits in this area block your airway and thereby narrow it.
This does not mean that you cannot breathe, but it means that breathing would be more labored and shallow.
But here is the shocking part…
When your body deposits fat in or around your airway, it actually changes the shape of your airway without necessarily narrowing it.
Millions of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans have revealed that obese people who snore or suffer sleep apnea have airways that are oval, with long axes that stretch from the back to the front of their bodies.
If you’re overweight or obese and suffer from sleep apnea (or snore loudly), then it’s very important to lose weight to regain the natural shape of your breathing passages.
But there is another thing that’s even more important.
You need to strengthen the muscles around your breathing passages to support them, in order to keep them in healthy shape in both the day and night.
Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Snoring Causes Alzheimer’s (new study)
New Mayo Clinic research has some terrifying results for those who snore.
It’s not been published yet, but it will be at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in the middle of the year.
We have, however, obtained their preliminary results regarding the connection between snoring and Alzheimer’s.
And it won’t be soon enough, because you absolutely must take action today!
The study first performed positron emission tomography brain scans on patients to discover whether there was a buildup of the protein tau in the entorhinal cortex.
Tau plaques are usually present in people with Alzheimer’s disease and the entorhinal cortex is one of the most likely parts of the brain that would collect it. This is the part of the brain responsible for different types of memories and the perception of space and time.
The researchers then asked their participant’s partners whether they had noticed breathing pauses during the night.
This is quite a good way to check for sleep apnea, as people with this breathing disorder would involuntarily take multiple breathing pauses per hour that are at least 10 seconds in length. Your bed partner is thus likely to have noticed these pauses over a few months.
When comparing the brains of those with and without sleep apnea, they found tau buildups in the entorhinal cortices of only the sleep apnea sufferers.
Even after they controlled for other factors that are known to affect the buildup of tau in the brain, such as educational factors, age, sex, history of cardiovascular diseases, and so forth, they still found that sleep apnea sufferers had 4.5 percent more tau than the non-sufferers.
Interestingly, I have been teaching how to improve one’s brain health for years through the use of simple exercises that will load your brain with oxygen. Till recently, there were very few studies to back me up scientifically. Learn more about the brain booster exercises here…
80 percent of those who have sleep apnea never get diagnosed, and this is serious because it’s a dangerous condition that has been proven to be the cause a series of fatal diseases – now including Alzheimer’s.
Loud snoring is almost always an indicator of some level of sleep apnea as it’s caused by blockages in the breathing passages.
It’s therefore essential that if you want to treat obstructive sleep apnea, you can click here to learn our easy Stop Snoring and Sleep Apnea Exercises that are designed to eliminate your snoring and sleep apnea in as little as 3 minutes – starting tonight…
For more ideas to treat obstructive sleep apnea, watch this video – Beyond the Barriers: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatments
The Stop Snoring and Sleep Apnea Program offers a revolutionary new approach to help people treat sleep apnea symptoms. Snoring is not only disruptive to our partners, but it poses health risks as well, especially for people who suffer from sleep apnea.
This all-natural program will get you to shake off your pesky and unhealthy snoring habit using only easy to perform natural exercises.
To find out more about the program, click on How to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms
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