Process During Sleep
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) refers to apnea episodes during sleep, occurring more than 5 times per hour. In extreme cases, these apnea episodes can occur up to 80+ times per hour and can last up to 2 minutes. They lead to negative effects on the body, including a decrease in blood oxygen levels, an increase in blood pressure, the release of stress hormones, and a reduction in deep sleep. These effects manifest in waking symptoms such as daytime fatigue and concentration problems.
Effects on the Entire Body
Sleep apnea is a condition that often goes unnoticed for a long time, as it develops gradually. The consequences can be very severe, including cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, impotence, depression, and hypertension. Typically, these diseases are diagnosed and treated individually, without addressing the underlying cause. Individuals with sleep apnea often have a long history of suffering. With Silent Sleep Training, these consequences can be addressed in a simple and playful way.
Daytime fatigue is one of the primary symptoms of sleep apnea. It not only impairs daily life but can also be very dangerous, leading to situations like falling asleep at the wheel.
These occur due to reduced oxygen levels and increased blood pressure during apnea episodes.
Ongoing nighttime strain leads to complete exhaustion over time in affected individuals.
Loud snoring can be an early sign of sleep apnea. If snoring suddenly stops, it may indicate existing sleep apnea.
Dry Throat in the Morning
This is also a typical symptom of severe snoring and may also be a sign of sleep apnea.
Night sweats can result from nighttime stress. While this symptom may suggest sleep apnea, it can also occur in other medical conditions.
CAUSE OF SLEEP APNEA
In obstructive sleep apnea, the throat muscles relax so much during sleep that the throat space collapses. Muscle relaxation can be attributed to various causes, with two of the main factors being obesity and stress.
Obesity predisposes individuals to sleep apnea, as the extra fat around the throat can press on the throat during sleep, leading to airway obstruction.
Today's lifestyle favors sleep apnea due to stress and sleep deprivation, which can result in exhaustion and relaxation of throat muscles.
Certain sedatives can contribute to apnea episodes.
Alcohol and Drugs
The misuse of alcohol and drugs can cause apnea episodes during sleep.
Hormonal changes during menopause can lead to relaxation of throat muscles, which in turn can cause apnea episodes during sleep.
Genetic and Anatomical Factors
Sleep apnea can also have genetic roots, involving the inheritance of throat muscle laxity and soft connective tissues. Specific anatomical conditions can also contribute to sleep apnea.