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What Is Sleep Apnea: Definition And Dangers

By Dante Noe Raquel II , Jan 13, 2017 09:14 PM EST
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What is sleep apnea? Here's what you need to identify about the sleeping disorder that poses a hazard to your health. So, what are its indications and how can you prevent it efficiently?

What Is Sleep Apnea: Definition And Dangers

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person abruptly stops breathing while asleep. That's because the body suddenly stops supplying oxygen without you knowing it. How would you know when you're asleep?

This state has two types: First, obstructive sleep apnea is when a person's airway has obstruction because a tissue at the back of the throat fails during sleep. The other one is called central sleep apnea. This is when the person's breathing system becomes rickety and the brain fails to give a signal to the muscles in control for breathing, Metro UK reports.

Sleep apnea has hostile effects. These include high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, stroke, heart failure and heart attacks, and makes lung cancer more at risks.

The academics from universities in Chicago and Barcelona have a fascinating finding. Their study reveals that erratic hypoxia, which is an unbalanced lack of air due to sleep apnea, causes an increase in tumor growth. That's because it helps the release of circulating exosomes, Know Ridge reports.

In short, sleep apnea, especially the obstructive one, leaks the malignant assets of the cancer cells. Exosomes promote cancer cell growth and they grow in number when a person grieves from hypoxia.

What Is Sleep Apnea: The Prevention And Treatment Methods

Per a Metro UK report, a person can avoid sleep apnea if he or she lives a meticulously healthy lifestyle. That means you must exercise frequently, eat healthy food, and form a healthy sleeping pattern to fend off sleep apnea.

Evading large meals before bed will also benefit. One must also moderate or avoid the use of illegal drugs or alcohol. Moreover, there's a gadget called CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure, which is a mask that will help you sleep healthily at night.

Then again, you can also try throat workouts or sing to avoid this illness. It only takes persuasion and pledge to keep this condition at bay.

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