sleep apnoea


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sleep apnoea

Repetitive periods without breathing, occurring during sleep, lasting for 10 seconds or longer and recurring hundreds of times a night. Most cases are due to over-relaxation of the muscles of the soft palate, in heavy snorers, which sag and obstruct the airway. Obesity is a common factor. Less commonly, the condition is due to disturbance of the brain mechanisms that maintain respiration. Sleep apnoea is associated with hypertension from over-stimulation of the carotid body by oxygen free radicals and the incidence of heart attacks during the night is three times as high as normal.
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According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million adults in the United States have sleep apnoea. If a person does not seek treatment, it can lead to several complications - one of which is cardiovascular disease.
Every time someone with sleep apnoea snores, their throat is constricting to block their airway, which also cuts off oxygen to the brain.
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If sleep apnoea is not treated it can lead to both hypertension and diabetes and increase the risk of heart diseases like stroke or heart attack, thus putting your overall health at a much higher risk.
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly, preventing restful sleep.
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New York: Young and middle-aged adults suffering from mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnoea with symptoms such as snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness may be at an increased risk of developing hypertension and diabetes, researchers say.
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EXPERTS will this week urge Wales to wake up to the growing problem of sleep apnoea and the huge impact it can have on people's lives if left untreated.
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