Snoring Can Kill THE SILENT

Posted on March 19, 2012


Sleep time accompanied by snoring is often regarded as a good night’s sleep. In fact, people often snore during sleep, especially if frequent stops breathing at high risk of stroke and heart disease.

When we sleep, the muscles in the palate, tongue, and throat are in a relaxed state so that frequent airway obstruction. The condition causes the area around the blockage vibrate, causing the sound we know as snoring or snoring.

Snoring itself is a major symptom of obstructive sleep apnea / OSA. OSA is stop breathing during sleep that occur repeatedly due to upper airway obstruction followed by a decrease in blood oxygen levels. “In people who suffer from severe OSA, stop breathing can occur more than 30 times in one hour.

Various studies have shown a link between OSA with chronic illnesses such as heart rhythm disorders, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. When stopped breathing, the brain will tell your body to get oxygen so that we wake up. This condition causes blood pressure to rise so long damaged blood vessel walls. This will trigger the inflammation. Damaged blood vessels will also attract cholesterol, causing constriction of blood vessels.

Stop breathing that occurs many times in one night will also interfere with sleep so that tomorrow we will wake up in a state of weakness, headache, decreased concentration, and drowsiness during the day.

OSA also increases the risk of traffic accidents and workplace. Additionally sufferers also risk suffering from depression and anxiety. They also had twice the risk of stroke.

For that, immediately consult if you experience symptoms mentioned above. Occasional snoring may be normal. But if each time the bed is always aware of OSA snore.

Although more often experienced by adults, but infants and children can also suffer from OSA. Usually due to enlarged tonsils, obesity, or abnormal shape of the face and neck circumference.

To avoid the complications of OSA, immediately consult a doctor to identify and overcome the disease. In the mild OSA, a doctor may recommend weight loss or change sleeping positions.

Meanwhile, in the sometimes severe OSA who required surgery. Use of tools to open the airway as CPAD (continuous positive airway pressure) are also considered to help prevent deterioration due to OSA. This tool will provide a gentle flow of pressurized air through the nose or mouth using a mask. The air pressure will prevent the narrowing of the airways and closed it so the patient can breathe freely during sleep.