Common Sleep Disorder
If you have tried several methods of improving your sleep, only to still snore or wake up feeling groggy, there is a good chance you are at risk of a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. It is a common disease that affects more than 30% of men and 20% of women.
Sleep Apnea Explained
So what is sleep apnea? “Apnea” literally means “no breath” or “stopping breathing.” Thus, when you experience an apnea, air stops flowing to your lungs for 10 seconds or longer, meaning you actually stop breathing.
Sensing you have stopped breathing, a control center in your brain triggers you to wake up just enough to gasp and continue breathing again. Unfortunately, once you fall back asleep, this cycle repeats itself over and over, sometimes as often as 50 times every hour, even though you may not remember waking up.
Dangerous Health Risk
As you can imagine, being deprived of oxygen and constantly being trigged back into breathing—hour after hour, night after night—puts immense strain on your body which creates dangerous risks that are associated with other serious conditions. Fortunately, there are several effective treatments for sleep apnea that are discussed on the next page.