Sleep Apnea Longview TX
Sleep Apnea may be killing you, and weight reduction can help
Physicians agree that “obstructive sleep apnea,” is a dangerous syndrome characterized by the repeated collapse of a person’s airway during sleep. Breathing becomes extremely labored and can stop altogether for up to a minute. As oxygen levels drop, adrenaline and blood pressure surge. The emergency need for air provokes a momentary awakening—what sleep doctors term a micro-arousal. This lasts just long enough for the apnea victim to suck in a lungful of air and fill the bloodstream with oxygen. Then they immediately slip back into shallow, nonrestorative sleep. With sleep, of course, inevitably comes the next round of airway relaxation, collapse, and suffocation.
The result: a raft of health problems, including dangerously elevated risks of diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.