Sleep Apnea, is a slow process of suffocation, which occurs while we sleep.
Suffocating While We Sleep
Many individuals suffocate while they are sleeping, some wake up and some never do. Ninety eight (98%) percent of those with this serious medical condition that do wake don’t recall that they suffocated many times during the night, usually several times an hour. Scary but this is all too common and this dreadful disease is called Sleep Apnea, which has been quoted by the New England Journal of Medicine as being just as dangerous as cigarette smoking.
Scary but true millions of people throughout the world go to bed, and actually stop breathing, they suffocate; their oxygen levels can drop to less than 50 percent, normal is about 96-98 percent. While the breathing stops the heart starts pumping faster to compensate for the lack of oxygen.
So let us look at the whole picture, you stop breathing; while your heart rate has doubled, this can’t be good and it is not. The hardest thing to comprehend is that usually the person doesn’t even know it has occurred; sometimes several times a minute.
Most people wake up exhausted, unable to stay focused on daily tasks throughout the day, Sleep Apnea can cause a stroke, heart attack, headaches, and mood swings just to name a few. A person sleeping with a person with sleep apnea will note that their partner is stirring and will appear to be gasping for air; this is the time to suggest speaking to ones primary doctor, they are in fact gasping for air.
You can get tested, and given the proper equipment to help keep you breathing throughout the night, many patients report that after several weeks of using the machine they feel more rested and alert the next day.