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Can sleep apnea kill someone?

Yes, you could not avoid the death threat by sleep apnea.

The Murderer of Princess Leia

Christmas in 2016, Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, left us forever. Star Wars official commented 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 LA County Coroner’s Office, the causes of death were listed as“sleep apnea, atherosclerotic heart disease, drug use”.

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 killing for people’s life.

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, suffers fatigue at daytime, or awakens with a dry mouth,or morning headache, please do not perfunctorily treat the possibility you might have sleep apnea.

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 the 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, which occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

The following data show the severity of obstructive sleep apnea.

*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 to think about how to reduce the occurrence of sleep apnea syndrome.

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

1)Smoking

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.

2)Aging

The Elderly and middle-aged have a higher risk of OSA.If you occurs 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.

How to treat sleep apnea?

1)CPAP

Continuous positive airway pressure is the preferred method for the treatment of OSA.Through 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 the patients with sleep disorder, 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.