Sleep Apnea Can Have Deadly Consequences
The condition is on the rise because the most frequent cause is obesity, which continues its unrelenting climb among American adults.
Although the woman in her 50s had been effectively treated for depression, she remained plagued by symptoms that often accompany it: fatigue, sleepiness and lethargy, even though she thought she was getting enough sleep.
With depression no longer causing her persistent symptoms, her psychiatrist advised her to consult a sleep specialist.
Sure enough, a night in the sleep lab at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine revealed that while the woman was supposedly asleep, she experienced micro-awakenings about 18 times an hour, resulting in sleep that restored neither body nor brain. All night long, she would stop breathing for more than 10 seconds at a time, followed by a mini-arousal and a snore as she gasped for breath to raise the depleted oxygen level in her blood.
Diagnosis: Obstructive sleep apnea, an increasingly common yet often missed or untreated condition that can result in poor quality of life, a risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even cancer, and perhaps most important of all, a threefold increased risk of often-fatal motor vehicle accidents. Get yourself on an organic mattress and breathe in the organic cottons, the chemical free wool’s and get rid of those conventional mattresses you been sleeping on. www.theorganicmattressstore.com 1-484-851-3636