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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

While snoring has been known to cause numerous problems like sleepiness and fatigue, research now indicates that several cardiovascular diseases may be linked to snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA).

​OAS is a sleep breathing disorder in which breathing is interrupted repeatedly throughout the night. As a serious condition which is diagnosed by a doctor, it is often under-diagnosed and left untreated. New studies, as reported by the Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor, show significant links between snoring and sleep apnea and heart diseases such as hypertension and heart failure.

Snoring, for many, may not just be a social problem causing disruption of sleep for the snorer and bed partner, but could be linked to more serious health risks. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissue in a person's throat repeatedly collapses and blocks the airway during sleep.

These partial reductions and complete pauses in breathing typically last between 10 and 30 seconds, but can persist for one minute or longer. These pauses can happen hundreds of times a night, leading to abrupt reductions in blood oxygen levels.

The brain alerts the body to its lack of oxygen, causing a brief arousal from sleep that restores normal breathing. The result is a fragmented quality of sleep that often leads to excessive daytime sleepiness.

Most people wth OSA snore loudly and frequently, with periods of silence when airflow is reduced or blocked. They then make choking, snorting or gasping sounds when their airway reopens.

UNTREATED OSA INCREASES YOUR RISK FOR:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Driving and work-related accidents
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Impaired concentration
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