Have you been experiencing tired days even while light work days? You may not know it but there is a high possibility that you have sleep apnea. Most people will have this condition without even knowing it. You may go for months or even years trying to second guess on what hit you. And you may never get it right because other than tiredness and snoring, it does not have any other symptom. It is also hard for doctors to know that this is the cause of your condition because there is no test that will reveal it. The only person who can save you from this predicament is your roommate. If you have any because they are the guys who listen to you while you are sleeping and may know your sleeping behaviors. This is the only source of clue that you may get for a person who has this condition.
So what is sleep apnea? This is a common disorder that associated with shallow breathing or short pauses in breathing in your sleep. The main reason that it cannot be identified as the cause of your woes is that it only happens in your sleep. The breath pauses are not the type that will cause you to suffocate since they last for some few minutes or seconds. They may occur several times within a short period before normal breathing resumes. Sometimes, a loud snort or some chocking sound may be a sign of resuming normal breathing pattern. Since this is a chronic condition, it will continue affecting you until it discovered and cured.
Although it may have other consequences the main problem with sleep apnea is the poor quality of sleep. Due to the exhausting activities that we usually do our bodies throughout the day. It is usually advised to get total rest once in a while and that once in a while is when we sleep. Deep sleep is the main source of rest that a human body has and should not be tampered with at all costs. Unfortunately, that is exactly what this disorder does. When one falls into shallow breathing or even when you encounter a pause in your breath, the body tends to shift from deep sleep to light sleep. Depending on how often this is done, you may wake up as tired as you slept. This will affect your work output during the day and may also result in drowsiness.
There are two kinds of this disorder i.e. obstructive and central sleep apnea. The obstructive type is usually caused by an obstructed air passageway. There are many ways of achieving this and hence is the most common type. The central type as from its name is associated with the central nervous system. In this case, the part of the brain that sends signals to your breathing muscles is affected a lot which leads to incorrect signals and hence an abnormal sleep pattern. Each of these conditions is usually tackled differently.