The risk of significant OSA increases with the numerous factors described below, many of which are problems currently rampant in our society. Correction of OSA generally requires that these factors be eliminated. At times, elimination of these factors completely resolves the problem. Weight Excessive weight brought about by a sedentary lifestyle, too many rich foods or by medically related situations such as thyroid problems, is probably the leading factor contributing to OSA.
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Snoring Can Kill Your Night, Your Relationship, and Even You
In children, usually its caused by [enlarged] tonsils and adenoids, she said. As patients grow older, the elasticity of the muscles in the neck relaxes, and the muscle tissue collapses into the throatthe airway is closed and the patient is struggling for breath. According to a study released by the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 63 percent of college students do not get enough sleep at night. Young adults who sleep poorly or who do not get enough sleep are at risk for problems such as difficulties with focused attention and memory, depressed moods, problems with peer and adult relationships, as well as injuries and accidents, said Johnston. A major reason students do not get enough sleep is for extra study time, but the more sleep you get, the more efficient your study time will be. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among 74,571 adult respondents in 12 states, about 35 percent reported getting less than seven hours of sleep on average during a 24-hour period, 48 percent reported snoring, and about 38 percent reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least one day in the preceding 30 days. But there is a big difference between the annoyance of regular snoring and a condition called sleep apnea. Simple snoring is a minimal disruption of airflow; it annoys other people in the bedroom but is not a serious health risk. There are a variety of over-the-counter methods to cease snoring, including nose strips, aromatherapy, and anti-snore pillows.
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