Sleep apnea the sleeping disorder which is often not taken seriously has dangerous effects if not treated. It is a disorder in which one experiences pauses in breathing while in sleep. The pause lasts for some 10 seconds and may occur a multiple times in a night.
Sleeping disorder is categories in three types:
- OSA: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, in which certain obstructions prevents the air to flow into the mouth and nose;
- CSA: Central Sleep Apnea, where it is the irregularity of brain and the nervous system which causes breathing problem;
- MSA: Mixed Sleep Apnea, is a mixture of OSA and CSA.
The ten dangers which are invited by the untreated sleep apnea are:
- Heart Attack
- Effect on short term memory
- High blood pressure
- Gastric reflux
- Psychological problems
These are only to list a few but the affects of this disorder can be many. Some of the dangers come up as symptoms like snoring and insomnia, which should not be ignored. The symptoms of this sleep disorder can be seen in many forms and people often take it to be common signs mistaking it to be of non serious nature; however these symptoms can prove to be fatal.
Study shows that this disorder can affect adults and children equally. However, men have a higher rate of encountering problems like heart or cardiovascular diseases because of untreated sleep apnea, which can even lead to sudden death. Symptoms like insomnia are strong signals that one is already suffering or is inviting other health problems.
People living alone must be extra cautious about the symptoms of this sleep disorder, as there would be no one for them to notice any peculiarities in their sleep.
The treatment of this disorder involves usage of certain dental devices or the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) equipment or Apnea mask, depending upon how mild or severe the disorder is.