What is Sleep Apnea?
This is a sleep disorder that happens when as your throat muscles relax during sleep the airways become obstructed and you find it hard to breathe. When this happens your body wakes you up so that the muscles in your throat can start to work again, the airways are cleared and you are able to breathe once again.
This problem is usually caused by
- Low muscle tone – especially with the onset of old age your throat muscles can be weakened and so that they cannot keep your airways open when the throat relaxes.
- Obesity – being overweight can mean that fat stored in your neck is so heavy that the muscles in your throat cannot handle it effectively. When this happens your airways get blocked.
- Physical Abnormality – if you have enlarged tonsils these might cause your airways to become blocked therefore making it hard for you to breathe. It could also be that your airways are naturally smaller than other peoples’. This increases your chances to develop sleep apnea.
How do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Loud snoring (irregular)
- Headaches (in the morning)
- Daytime sleepiness