Conquer Snoring and Sleep Apnea Once and For All – Weird Snoring and Happiness Leven Connection
That connection made a team of researchers curious, so they decided to find out whether sleep apnea treatment in the form of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) could help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
As explained in the Journal EClinicalMedicine, the researchers originally found this question interesting because of two facts:
- Heart disease makes you more likely to be depressed. In fact, research shows that people who have had a stroke or heart attack are up to three times more likely to develop clinical depression which, in turn, increases their risk of future heart attacks and strokes.
- Up to 50 percent of people with cardiovascular disease also have sleep apnea.
Some of the subjects had undergone CPAP treatment but most had not.
The CPAP group had reduced depression symptoms, with the largest benefit seen in the group that started off with the most severe depression. Results were seen by the sixth month, and they were maintained until the end of the study.
CPAP didn’t help with anxiety scores, though.
After completing their own study, the researchers reviewed other literature, finding 20 trials on the same subject with 4,255 participants altogether.
Conquer Snoring and Sleep Apnea Once and For All – Can You Blame Your Parents for Your Sleep Apnea?
Given its severity, it is important to know how much it’s preventable through behavior change and how much of it is already in our genes.
A new study in the journal Respiratory Research sheds some light on this with a detailed analysis.
Good news is, you can still easily cure it.
Lots of things point to genetically inherited reasons for sleep apnea. It’s more common in people whose upper airways are small, have weak muscles, accumulate fat, and so on. Like other physical characteristics, these might be inherited from our parents.
The authors of the new study recruited 71 twin pairs (142 people) who were on the Hungarian Twin registry. 48 of the pairs were identical (monozygotic) and 23 fraternal (dizygotic).
There is a good reason why researchers use twins for these types of studies.
Fraternal twins and other siblings tend to share only 50 percent of their genes. This makes it difficult to work out which of their characteristics are due to their shared family environment and which are due to their genes.
But identical twins share 100 percent of their genes, so any differences between them are more likely to be because of environmental influences.
This means that, if identical twins are similar in some way, it’s going to be because of their genes, rather than their environment.
The twins (average age 51) were asked to sleep in the laboratory to test for sleep apnea.
The scientists used this information to score them on the apnea hypopnea index, which measures periods of shallow breathing, breathing pauses, and blood oxygen levels.
They were also given a questionnaire to test their level of daytime sleepiness.
41 percent of their subjects had sleep apnea, and they found that it was highly genetically influenced.
Between 69 and 83 percent of their scores on the apnea hypopnea index, the respiratory disturbance index, and the oxygen desaturation index were genetically determined.
Their unique, unshared environments contributed the other 17 to 31 percent.
When they experienced more than five apnea or hypopnea events per hour, this was 73 percent determined by their genes.
Daytime sleepiness was a lot less common than most people think and those with and without sleep apnea did not differ much.
The scientists concluded that daytime sleepiness was mostly caused by environmental factors, with genes contributing only 34 percent to it.
The authors speculated that the environmental factors causing daytime sleepiness were probably things like poor sleep hygiene, irregular work shifts, diets, and medications.
This means that you can blame your parents for having sleep apnea, but you’ve only got yourself to blame if you do nothing about it.
Conquer Snoring and Sleep Apnea Once and For All – The Effects of Snoring on Your Age
It sounds odd, but your body might be quite a lot older or younger than your birthday is telling you.
That’s because your biological age is not the same as your chronological age. Your biological age is the measurement of how healthy your cells are.
You probably know this already because you’ve met people who look 10 years younger than their age says they should and others who look much older, and this is one reason why.
It’s clear that if someone eats a healthy diet, avoids stress, stays happy and exercises regularly, their body is likely to be younger where it counts, down at the cellular level. They look younger because their cells have aged more slowly.
Now it seems that when you say you need your beauty sleep you could be onto something. A study in the journal Sleep suggests that snoring and sleep-disordered breathing like sleep apnea can age our bodies faster.
They reached this conclusion after studying 622 adults with an average age of 68.7, just over half of whom were female.
The two best DNA tests available were used to check their subject’s biological age, and a home-based polysomnography, or sleep test, measured how many times an hour they stopped breathing or woke up (called the arousal index).
The results were startling. The bodies of people with the sleep-disordered breathing were at least 215 days older than their chronological age.
Those with severe sleep apnea were biologically more than 1,000 days older!
Those who woke up many times were biologically at least 321 days older than their chronological age, and those who woke up the most were about 1,500 days older.
It seems unfair, but women seemed to have it worse. They aged faster than men who also have sleep apnea.
This is interesting, as most previous studies (apart from just one) have put it the other way around.
In a 2017 edition of the journal Trends in Molecular Medicine, scientists weren’t counting in terms of days lost so much as damage done to our cells.
In sleep apnea sufferers, they found exactly those same changes in cells and molecules that previous studies had linked with the aging process.
Both these studies build on several previous ones that showed how sleep deprivation leads to accelerated biological aging, and if the new study is correct, the lack of breathing together with the constant half-waking during the night can shorten your life expectancy by between one and a half and seven years.
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