Sleep apnea isn’t a subject many of us are familiar with. In fact, several myths and misconceptions surrounding the condition that prevent people from being properly treated by their dentist or doctor. That ends today; our team is going to put an end to three common myths and misconceptions to help increase your awareness of sleep apnea.
Myth #1: Sleep apnea equals snoring
Truth: Snoring can actually be a sign of sleep apnea. Those who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing while they are sleeping for approximately 10 to 20 seconds and are generally followed by a snorting sound, commonly mistaken for snoring.
Myth #2: Sleep apnea doesn’t put me in any danger
Truth: Lack of sleep can take its toll on your body and mind. If untreated, sleep apnea has been linked to cause high blood pressure, stoke, arrhythmia and an increased risk of heart disease. Apnea also decreases your quality of sleep, leaving you depressed and irritable.
Myth #3: Only those who are older get sleep apnea
Truth: Over 18 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea. And though it is more common in men over the age of 40, the condition can affect people of all ages, women included. This condition tends to be genetic and run in families. Talk with your family about the sleep apnea disorder to find out if you’re at risk.
Don’t let sleep apnea run your life, please contact our office today with any questions or concerns by calling 773-947-4665!