Why Do People Get Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome?

Why Do People Get Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome?

Why Do People Get Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome?

OSA is a common problem which results in people stopping breathing whilst asleep.  This can caused high blood pressure and an increased chance of stroke and heart attack.

Causes of obstructive sleep apnea include obesity, large circumference neck and diabetes. High alcohol intake, smoking and being male and middle age all contribute. The known risk factors for acquiring OSA are the same as the recognised risk factors for CVE (stroke) and heart attack (MI). There may be an overlap in the causality here.

If you think that you or someone you know may have OSA they visit their doctor so that the diagnosis can be made. Steps can be taken to avoid and treat risk factors and underlying conditions.  Without this life could be shortened and quality of life reduced.

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common problem which commonly affects middle aged men, particularly those that are overweight, consume alcohol, smoke, have diabetes and have a high collar circumference.  It is associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, both of which lead to reduced life quality and life expectancy.  It is thought that this is likely caused by an increase in blood pressure due to the blockage of air flow.

Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea include;

  • Very loud snoring
  • Intermittent stopping of breathing whilst asleep, followed by partial awakening and breathing resuming
  • See-sawing of the chest and abdomen during sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness to the point of falling asleep at inappropriate times
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

It is very important if you think you or your partner may be suffering from OSA for you to visit your GP for diagnosis and avoidance and treatment of the risk factors so that you live a long and happy life.  Ear plugs for sleeping can be helpful in the meantime, helping you to get a good night's sleep.  ZenPlugs Molded Ear Plugs for sleeping and snoring are ideal because they are individually molded to your ears so are comfortable and effective at blocking sound from your ears.