Shallow Breathing During Sleep Can Be Sleep Apnea


Sleep apnea is one of the common causes of shallow breathing while sleeping. In most cases, people more than 40 years old are at risk of having sleep apnea and heavy snoring. If you see someone who have breathing pauses while sleeping which usually averages 10 seconds of breathing stops, then it can be sleep apnea already. It is best to treat this at the early stage because there are health risks associated with snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. They may include heart attack, stroke and even cancer as mentioned in the recently released study from UK.

What is sleep apnea? It is the obstruction of the breathing airway while sleeping. This happens when there is difficulty in taking in air for inhalation. The most common causes of sleep apnoea are stress, alcoholic drinks, sinus problems, throat infections and sleep position. Some specialists also associate diabetes and obesity with sleep apnea.

Just like what is mentioned, shallow breathing and breathing pauses while sleeping are the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. This is usually accompanied with loud snoring. The tissues in the throat and soft palate vibrate causing the air to stagnate. This reduces the oxygen levels in the blood of the person that may cause health complications.

Sleep apnea treatments are available from sleep centers. There are sleep apnea machines like CPAP and dental appliance for snoring. You can try any of these to reduce snoring and breathing problems while sleeping. However, CPAP machines for apnea may be used only at a hospital but do not worry, there are portable home CPAP machines that you can purchase.

On the other hand, you can easily get sleep apnea treatments through sleep therapy. There are also some vitamins and drugs that can reduce your snoring and apnea symptoms. You can ask a sleep doctor about it. In terms of sleep apnea self-help, you can first adjust your sleeping position by sleeping on your side. This will prevent your soft palate to fall back and obstruct your airway. In some cases, the tongue also collapses down the throat making it a risk factor for loud snoring and apnea.

What are the other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?

You will know that you are having sleep apnea and snoring if you feel tired after long hours of sleep, you feel fatigues and weak during the day, you have poor concentration and frequent headaches, you are moody and irritable, you wake up feeling out of breath, you wake up feeling choking and coughing. These are all possible signs of apnea.

What are the health risks of untreated sleep apnea and snoring?

Recent studies show that depletion of oxygen in the blood increases cancer risk up to five times. On the other hand, studies have already proven the link between snoring and apnoea with stroke, diabetes and other hard problems like heart attack.






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