A Good Night’s Sleep

by Kevin and Rhnee Mohan
March 6, 2012

If you are an adult male, the odds are about 50/50 that your breathing is not normal when you are sleeping. It is imperative that anyone who might have this problem, is predisposed, or knows someone they care about who has the problem, should have the clearest possible understanding about it.

Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s airway becomes blocked while they are sleeping. It is usually caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the back of the throat during sleep. Between snores, breathing stops for a period of 10 seconds or longer, and this pattern may repeat itself multiple times over the course of a night.

During an episode of obstructive apnea, the person’s effort to inhale air creates suction that collapses the windpipe. This blockage stops air flow for 10 seconds to a minute while the sleeping person struggles to breathe.

When the person’s blood oxygen level falls, the brain responds by awakening the person enough to tighten the upper airway muscles and open the windpipe. The person may snort or gasp, then resume snoring. This cycle may be repeated hundreds of times a night.

Truth be told, sleep apnea may well be the most significant, costly, easily treated, and least understood public health issue we face.

The most recent studies show that between 50 and 65 million Americans are at “high risk” for having sleep apnea, and very few of them have the slightest idea what sleep apnea is, much less the fact that it may be affecting their lives in profound ways.

Repetitive sleep fragmentation can trigger many changes in a person’s personality. Some of the effects include increased irritability and lack of concentration, effecting a person’s work and relationships. Concentration loss also increases the likelihood of automobile and other types of accidents.

Sleeplessness is nothing to mess around with. A good night’s sleep is mandatory for a person to fully-function in their lives. If you are think you are suffering from sleep apnea, watch for signs of:
  • Tiredness
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
These signs could be the on-set of sleep apnea. If you are experiencing any of these signs, take it seriously, find a professional, and have an over-night study performed. It could change your life, and potentially save it.

Wellness begins with a good night’s sleep. PV Sleep Well specializes in testing for sleep apnea. We are also a supplier of CPAP equipment and accessories, available for sale or rent. For additional information or to schedule a screening contact info@pvsleepwell.com.