Sleep Apnea and the Brain

Sleep Apnea and the Brain

A healthy sleep pattern consists of a measured intake of oxygen and an equally steady expulsion of carbon dioxide from the body. Sleep Apnea, otherwise known as Obstructed Sleep Apnea or, OSA, occurs when this cycle of normal breathing is interrupted prohibited, keeping oxygen from flowing naturally into the lungs. This pattern of obstructed breathing is caused by the slow "collapse" of the soft tissues of the neck, throat and tongue coming together to form a barrier which blocks the airways of the body, causing the serious affliction of Obstructed Sleep Apnea.

When a lack of oxygen in the body translates to an excess of carbon dioxide in the lungs and blood, the brain alerts the body to "reboot" itself in order to restore the unbalance. This phenomenon is typically manifested by the hallmark snoring, choking, coughing and gasping Sleep Apnea sufferers are subject to. Sometimes, the sufferer will awaken during these incidents, and this can happen many times each night, making the Sleep Apnea a constant enemy of the sleep deprived. Other times, the sleeper may not awaken, or gain any sort of consciousness, and the source of fatigue and ailing health may go undetected. In fact, over 90% of the time, Obstructed Sleep Apnea sufferers will never seek treatment. So in a way, it is better to wake up violently than to suffocate silently; because treatment for Obstructed Sleep Apnea is available through the employment of various remedies.

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