Sleep Related Diseases Symptoms and Cures of Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is the most common sleep related disorder. One needs to be able to able to not only identify but also take steps to initiate a cure for it. Here we also see some other sleep related disorders. Some common cures are discussed.

Discovering sleep apnea

You have the sleep related disease apnea if you wake up feeling restless and are irritable. You would have choked and gasped while sleeping without knowing it and have a terrible headache. Snoring is one symptom of sleep apnea. There is no outright cure or medicine for treating sleep apnea though one can bring about significant improvements in the health of the person if this disorder is detected and treated in time.

Recognizing the disease and its significance


Firstly, one has to accept the seriousness of the disorder. Sleep apnea can lead to a variety of diseases like congestive heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus, memory loss, adult asthma, high blood pressure and weight gain.

Taking steps to alleviate the symptoms
Surprisingly, there are things you can do before you get professional help for sleep apnea. The main thing that needs your attention is your nasal cavity. This is the opening from your mouth to the lungs. There are two kinds of obstructions that may happen. One is that the flesh just beyond the palate area is excessive. This happens if you are overweight.
Second thing that is possible is that you suffer from some nasal allergy. This makes the flesh in the area to swell up and constrict the pipe so that the flow of air is reduced. Obviously, you can cure these symptoms by either reducing weight or by taking medicines for your allergy.
People with sleep apnea tend to eat more than normal people. They crave proteins and fatty foods more and though there is no significant increase in weight, they are consuming more. Eating healthy and maintaining regular sleep routines should help your metabolism adjust to the imbalance and get you back on the road to good health.
Lastly, one must avoid taking alcohol or medicines that relax the muscles of the throat area just before going to bed. If your throat muscles relax too much they will obstruct the flow of air and you might choke in your sleep without realizing it.
Since the diseases are brought on by the lack of oxygen and the drop in the rate of metabolism during the sleep time, you can remedy this by initiating the proper remedies. Ensure that you always have someone to shake you awake when you tend to snore or there is a disruption in your breathing pattern.
(Source: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/treating-sleep-apnea/home-care?page=2 )

Diseases related to sleep

Snoring is a symptom associated with almost all sleep related disorders. However, the most significant thing would be recognition of the disease since only then can one begin the treatment. If one realizes the onset of the disorder too late, then you might find it difficult to cure it. Here are some sleep related disorders.
1. Sleep deprivation
2. Sleepwalking
3. Insomnia
4. Hypersomnia: daytime sleepiness
5. Sleep paralysis
6. Trouble falling asleep
7. Excessive sleeping
8. Talking in your sleep
9. Night sweats
10. REM sleep related disorder



Diseases that bring on sleep related problems
Problems with hypersomnolence or insomnia afflict the people who suffer from infectious diseases like such as Lyme diseases HIV-related diseases and acute viral diseases.
For those who suffer from renal diseases the common symptoms exhibited are restless legs, sleep apnea, insufficient sleep and insomnia.
Women undergoing menopause may have sleep related diseases and show symptoms such as fibromyalgia, restless legs syndrome, and disordered breath pattern during sleep.
Complaints of disordered sleep are also seen in patients having chronic pain causing diseases such as fibromyalgia. Quality of sleep is also poor for patients suffering from cancer.
Neurologic diseases of the central nervous system interferes with the normal sleep patterns by interfering in the sleep-wake mechanism associated with the reticular ascending system of activation.

Common medical conditions related to problems with sleep
• Poor quality sleep may result from obstructive or restrictive lung diseases.
• Coughing choking or heartburn resulting from gastroesophageal reflux disrupts sleep.
• Teeth grinding
• Bed wetting
• Depression or anxiety
The physician will ask you to come to the clinic for a polysomnogram test. You can make records of your sleep in your diary to find out cause and frequency of night time disturbances (Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19201722).

Treatment drugs and non-drug methods for sleep related disorders

Recommendation for treatment would range from using a CPAP oral device and medicines. The continuous positive air pressure device helps maintain the flow of air through the restricted windpipe right through the night. Sometimes surgery may be necessary to remove the excess flesh formation that blocks the airflow in the nasal passage.

Hypnosis is sometimes recommended as a treatment. Temazepam is a medicine recommended for those suffering from insomnia. Behavioral changes as discussed above, namely avoiding bedtime nightcap and eating right improves the condition of many sleep apnea patients. Neosynephrine a nasal decongestant medicine will help reduce any swelling in the nasal cavity. Daytime sleepiness can be cured through the use of the medicine Nuvigil.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th May 2015 (#)

Very well explained, thanks Snerfu. I remember snorers who became infamous through this act. A comprehensive take - it is definitely no laughing matter! siva

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author avatar snerfu
9th May 2015 (#)

Yes Siva, it is no game, we need to keep within the parameters of reasonable behavior in order to control the disease.
It is closely related to its twin that we all sometimes have, insomnia.Yet, these two are so different in our waking hours. Thanks for stopping by, Siva. Much appreciated.

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author avatar writershirley lopez
8th May 2015 (#)

Very good article, thank you for all this great information.

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author avatar snerfu
9th May 2015 (#)

Thank you writershirley lopez. I am honored to have such readers who appreciate what I have written. Have a good day.

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author avatar Dawn143
19th Aug 2015 (#)

A friend of mine dealt with sleep apnea throughout their life. It is a difficult thing and frightening, thank you for shedding a little light on the subject!

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author avatar snerfu
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Right. Living with the ailment is different from reading about it.
You should avail of expert medical counsel if you detect the first signs of this disease.
Thanks for stopping by, Dawn143.

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