Sleep Apnea: Consequences, Causes, Signs & Treatments

by Aug 31, 2021Respiratory0 comments

This article emphasizes that sleep apnea is not a one-off lethal blow to human beings, but the pain of sleep disorder just like chronic threatening people’s life.

Sleep Apnea: The Murderer of Princess Leia

Christmas in 2016, Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, left us forever. Star Wars official commented to her: “She’s Princess Leia all over the world and our most special friend…” Her death is enough to make Hollywood and all the fans indulge in grief for a long time. According to the report of the LA County Coroner’s Office, the causes of death were listed as“sleep apnea, atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use”.

What are the signs of sleep apnea?

If you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep if you or someone you loved snores loudly and frequently have incomprehensible and persistent high blood pressure, experiences gasping at night suffer fatigue at daytime or awakens with a dry mouth, or a morning headache, please do not perfunctorily treat the possibility you might have sleep apnea.

snore when sleeping

What causes sleep apnea?

A recent study from AASM estimated that almost 30 million adults in the U.S. have sleep apnea. More people began to pay attention to what causes apnea. Firstly you should know there are three origins of sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.

Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

The following data show the severity of obstructive sleep apnea.

data showing the severity of OSA
*Data from Article (PDF Available) in Journal of the Saudi Heart Association 179(4) · March 2015 with 214 Reads DOI: 10.1016/j.jsha.2015.03.004

For individuals, should think about how to reduce the occurrence of sleep apnea syndrome.

Here are some effective ways to find the sources of sleep apnea.


Smoking can increase the possibility of inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway. Smokers are more likely to get sleep apnea than those who do not smoke.


The Elderly and middle-aged have a higher risk of OSA. If you occur a sleep disorder at that age, please check your body in time.

3)Heart Diseases

Snoring may lead to cardiopathy, such as pulmonary heart disease. When the body is in a chronic intermittent hypoxia and acidosis state for a long time, which actually affects the heart. Sleep O2 which is an easy-to-wear product helps you record heart rate and blood oxygen during sleep, effectively helps you understand the quality of sleep to judge health.

4)Neck obesity

People with thicker necks might have narrower airways. Obesity patients with neck fat deposition can lead to upper respiratory obstruction in varying degrees.

5)Alcohol and Sedative

These substances make muscles in your throat relax, which can worsen obstructive sleep apnea.

patients in OSA will affect partner's sleep quality

How to treat sleep apnea?


Continuous positive airway pressure is the preferred method for the treatment of OSA. By providing adequate positive airway pressure to keep the respiratory tract unobstructed, symptoms can be alleviated and sleep quality can be improved.

2)Blood Oxygen and Heart Rate Monitoring

For healthy people, it is a good habit to regularly check the various functions of the body. Especially for patients with sleep disorders, the blood oxygen value during sleep is helpful to check their health status in time.

3)Weight and Diet Control

For overweight patients, diet therapy and exercise are more reasonable ways to lose weight, it’s best to keep your BMI within 24. On the other hand, it’s better not to drink and take sedatives.

Sleep, air, food, and water constitute the necessities of human existence. Adequate sleep enhances immunity, improves attention, and ensures physical vitality.

Through correct diagnosis and active treatment, hope you can recover your health as soon as possible.


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