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Once in a while failing to get proper sleep may not be a reason to worry; but when it becomes too frequent, it can be blamed on sleep apnea.

Once in a while failing to get proper sleep may not be a reason to worry; but when it becomes too frequent, it can be blamed on sleep apnea.  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images

Key Highlights

  • Obstructive sleep apnea refers to a state characterised by disturbed breathing patterns during sleep – patients are likely to experience difficulty in normal airflow to the lungs.
  • It is often triggered by a collapse in the soft tissues in the upper airway located behind the throat and tongue.
  • Sleep apnea can cause sudden dips in blood oxygen and a rise in blood pressure levels affecting heart health.

New Delhi: Little do we realise how important a good night’s sleep is – how it can induce relaxation, calm and even weight loss. It is the sleep that helps us get relief from the mental and physical exhaustion of the day, rejuvenate and prepare for the day to come. However, if due to some reason if you end up failing to get an adequate amount of REM sleep, it is likely to result in stress, irritation, and inability to perform everyday tasks. Once in a while failing to get proper sleep may not be a reason to worry; but when it becomes too frequent, it can be blamed on sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea refers to a state characterised by disturbed breathing patterns during sleep – patients are likely to experience difficulty in normal airflow to the lungs. It is often triggered by a collapse in the soft tissues in the upper airway located behind the throat and tongue. This condition can have serious repercussions on health if not treated timely. According to Harvard Health, these tissues are likely to relax during your sleep thereby causing breathing disturbances and improper sleep.

Can sleep apnea trigger depression?

The study, based on Saudi-based pilots, revealed that insomnia, fatigue, and depression can be secondary consequences of sleep apnea and must be treated timely. A few years ago, another study backed the same – it concluded that patients with sleep apnea also deal with impaired psychological health and their daily performance, in general, is also impacted. This is attributed to poor concentration, mood swings, and anxiety triggered by disturbed sleep patterns.

Besides depression, sleep apnea is also likely to result in the following:

  1. Heart diseases: Sleep apnea can cause sudden dips in blood oxygen and a rise in blood pressure levels affecting heart health. As per Mayo Clinic, sleep apnea patients are likely to develop hypertension which can in the long run spike heart disease risk, irregular heartbeats, and episodes of hypoxia or hypoxemia (low blood oxygen levels).
  2. Insomnia: According to studies, patients with sleep apnea can face problems trying to fall asleep and maintain it – the two being insomnia symptoms.

Is there a way to fall asleep with sleep apnea?

Although sleep apnea calls for assistance from a doctor, one can try to manage the condition by practicing a few things while trying to fall asleep. To keep the airways open, try sleeping on your sleep than on the stomach – this is effective for mild sleep apnea. Patients can also go for a CPAP machine – equipment that helps with the steady flow of oxygen into the nose and mouth to allow comfortable breathing. According to studies, CPAP treatment has also proven effective for easing depressive symptoms.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.

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