High bloodpressure, stroke and heartattack are some of the more severe long term effects that a sleep apnea patient should worry about.
Sleep apnea is a disease that arises if a patient has problems with airways obstructions due to the muscles being relaxed in an unhealthy way.
Sleep apnea can be treated in many ways.
- CPAP treatment
- Dental appliances – lower jaw-positioners
The last resort of treating sleep apnea is also the most effective. The CPAP comes with a machine and a mask. The CPAP machine helps the patient to breath during the night by creating an overpressure which pushes the air into the patients lungs.
Lower Jaw positioners
Lower Jaw positioners have the effect of pushing out the lower jaw, making it easier to breath. This is often the first thing to try when suffering from mild sleep apnea.
Cause of sleep apnea
The actual cause and effect regarding the disease sleep apnea is quite complex and not fully identified and established from a pure scientific perspective.
There is however many indicators that all combined are proven to aggrevates the illness sleep apnea.
- other illnesses such as diabetes type 2
Obesity as a risk factor for sleep apnea
Overweight has many problems that comes with it. One of them is sleep apnea where important muscles in the airways struggles more if you are overweight.