Sleep Apnea: Is It Affecting Your Fitness?

Sleep apnea can have an impact on your life. Does your spouse or significant other lose sleep because you snore loudly? Or do they nudge you in the middle of the night because you have stopped breathing for several seconds or longer? Do you often fall asleep or feel sleepy during the day? Then you may have this condition.

There are three types; Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea, and Mixed Sleep Apnea.In Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the upper airway is temporarily blocked during sleep. This causes the person to stop breathing several times or more each night.

Central Sleep Apnea is caused by the brain's imbalance of the respiratory centers of the brain. The sleeper stops breathing and then starts again.

Mixed Sleep Apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

This is one of the causes for sleep deprivation.One of the main problems is that people with this condition often have a hard time getting the rest they need when they sleep at night. Falling asleep during the day, or simply not having extra energy each day is a concern.

Obviously, if you don't have energy to get through your day and work on your fitness, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind.

The good news is that there are treatments that can help to give you the rest you need to have the ability to exercise and be active on a daily basis.

Symptoms include:

-High Blood Pressure

-Memory problems

-Weight gain


-Fatigue/daytime sleepiness

-loud snoring

Treatments could include:

-Sleeping on ones side

-CPAP(mask for pressurized air flow into throat)

-Oral Device

-surgical treatment

-Didgeridoo(an Australian wind instrument which helps to

strengthen muscles in the upper airway)

The good news is that this condition can effectively be treated. If you suspect that your may have this condition, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can then refer you to a specialist who may have you go through a sleep study to determine if you have it or not.

If you do have this condition, your spouse or significant other will be glad to get extra sleep after your treatment.sleep apnea

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