Sleep Apnea

by Jackie Johnson

Posted on Sunday 23rd of November 2008

Excessively loud snoring can be an indicator of the serious breathing complication known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (commonly known as OSA). This is a life-threatening condition that affects approximately 18 million adults in the United States alone. It is most common amongst unfit, middle-aged and overweight men who often have a family history of the problem and who may also have an under active thyroid. Approximately 4% of men and 2% of women are estimated to suffer from OSA.

With this syndrome, their airways usually become totally blocked, causing the respiratory muscles to actually stop moving. Breathing then stops completely, or at best becomes shallower, for periods of 20 seconds or more often hundreds of times each night. This worrying health concern leads to a life-threatening lack of oxygen and a buildup of dangerous carbon dioxide in the blood, causing the sufferer to constantly wake many times each hour, gasping for air in an attempt to return their blood oxygen levels back to normal again.

So the keyword with OSA is ‘obstructive’. Usually, a sufferer’s airways at the back of their throat actually close off as their tongue and the soft palate on the roof and sides mouth (including the uvula and tonsils) collapse inwards as the muscles which normally hold them in place relax whilst they sleep, narrowing the airway down to nothing.

These breathing complications are a major health concern because they can lead to long term serious cardio vascular problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, tacchycardia (racing or missing heart beats) and even death! And this is apart from both the OSA sufferer and their partner suffering sleep deprivation, leading to energy deficits during the day, emotional and relationship problems, mood swings, potential traffic accidents, cognitive difficulties and more. So OSA is not something to be dismissed lightly.

Most people with sleep apnea are totally unaware that they suffer from the condition. Until they have a heart attack or similar, the only physical sign for them is often fatigue and sleepiness during the day. In fact, many don’t even realize how little sleep they’re actually getting. More often than not, it is their sleeping partners or those sleeping within earshot who witness what is happening and alert them to this serious health concern.

Common symptoms of OSA can include the following:

· Loud snoring – One of the most common signs is frequent and excessively loud snoring. The snorer may also choke, gasp or appear to be holding his breath while sleeping.

· Obesity – Obesity is one of the major causes of OSA.

· Thick neck - Men who have a neck size of 17 inches (43 cm) or more have a 50% chance of suffering OSA.

· Hypertension - More than 50% of OSA patients also suffer from high blood pressure.

· Grogginess, fatigue and sleepiness - People who suffer from OSA are excessively sleepy during the day and are often moody and unable to think clearly.

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you should consult with your doctor right away because it is a serious and life-threatening condition. But you should also help yourself by immediately reducing the contributing factors which maybe in fact be worsening your condition

There is now a clinically proven, all natural and fully guaranteed program available that can help not only common snorers stop snoring for good, but will help sleep apnea sufferers as well. The program is called Essential Stop Snoring Secrets and was developed by Dr. Rick Donald, a successful medical doctor who specializes in nutritional medicine. Additional information is available at

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