Awareness: Men’s Health Week 12-18 June
Snoring won’t Kill him; but stop your man snoring and it could save his life!
One in 5 British men die before the age of 65. It is no coincidence that some of the biggest killers of men ie. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are linked to symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). OSA is a sleep disorder that causes a sudden break in breathing and very loud snoring.
The big killers of men are present more commonly in men with OSA
If your man’s sudden and very loud snoring often wakes you, then he probably has the symptoms of OSA. Stories of men sleeping through many OSA attacks in a single night are not unusual. Just because he doesn’t wake when he snores, that does not mean his health is not suffering. Showing signs of tiredness, being irritable and unable to concentrate after a night of loud snoring, the chances are his OSA is starting to affect this health.
How snoring and OSA put’s your man’s health at risk
Snoring is the noise made when he’s struggling to breathe whilst asleep. Obstruction of the airways gets more likely as men get older, less fit and put on weight. All these things weaken and put pressure on the muscles that should keep airways open. Obstructed airways means less air gets to the lungs. Sometimes the obstruction is so severe that no air gets to the lungs for between several seconds and up tp a minute. This is called an “apnoea” and if these occur with regularity you probably have OSA.
As a result, dangerously little oxygen gets to the brain. It reacts by momentarily waking him and causes him to take a sudden, deep and very noisy breath.
The Killers: Sleep apnoea and heart disease
With each OSA attack, your oxygen-starved brain tells your lungs and heart to work harder. This sudden speeding up breaks the natural rhythm of your heart, causing stress damage. Stress on your heart causes it to enlarge by thickening its walls. It is harder to get vital oxygen into the tissues of an enlarged heart, causing it to work less efficiently. OSA is giving your man a weaker, less efficient heart that is vulnerable to sudden stress. Everything he needs for a potentially fatal heart attack.
Not only does the heart speed up when your lungs are not getting enough oxygen, if you have an apnoea the whole body momentarily springs into action just to get the breathing started again. This action needs an energy supply. A hormone called insulin is vital to managing blood sugar during sleep and the day.
Everytime an apnoea attack wakes him up, the sudden demand for energy crashes his insulin management system. Eventually the body becomes insulin resistant leaving him unable to control his soaring blood sugar levels. This is type 2 Diabetes.
The Killers: Sleep apnoea and stroke
Strokes are caused by brain damage. This damage can be due to oxygen starvation when blood flow to the brain is blocked by a blood clot or by a burst blood vessel leaking blood into the brain.
A brain becomes more fragile with age. Increasing weight and lack of fitness make these blood vessels even narrower and more prone to blockage or bursts.
Sleep disorders, like OSA, starve a brain of oxygen and make a heart beat faster to make up for the shortfall. Extra blood pressure from a suddenly raised heart beat is dangerous for the brain. Heavy snoring is a sign that the brain is at risk of oxygen starvation.
Relieving snoring lowers the risk of early death – FACT!
Anything that helps your man to breathe easily whilst he sleeps will cut his risk of early death. Snore-free sleep will reduce stress on the heart and blood sugar levels.
Helping to keep airways open with the aid of Snoreeze all natural lozenges, nasal sprays, throat spray and dissolve in the mouth oral strips will ease night-time snoring. For heavy snoring, the Snoreeze oral device will gently keep him breathing freely all night long.
Stopping snoring is the effective first step towards lowering the risk of killer diseases and ensuring a long and healthy life.
*Sleep apnoea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. If you suspect you have OSA, we recommend you see your doctor.
Sleep apnoea is a condition in which a person stops breathing, either completely or somewhat, over and over again during sleep. These interruptions in breathing can be several seconds or even minutes long. The pauses in breathing disturb the normal sleep pattern and, if they are long enough, drop the oxygen level in the blood, eventually leading to other medical problems.
There are two main types of Sleep Apnoea:
In Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), the snorer is more or less strangled regularly during sleep. Imagine the part between the back of the nose and the voice-box as a hose pipe. Right, now imagine this hose pipe being frequently narrowed or closed off by negative pressure as the air inside is sucked out repeatedly. Something very similar happens to the air passage when a person has OSA.
In reality, the negative pressure happens when the snorer breaths in. The air passage closes off because the muscles holding it open are less active during sleep. Also, fatty tissue on the outside of the “hose pipe” can narrow the passage, making it easier to get blocked. Being overweight by only a few kilograms can significantly increase your chances of snoring, that can then develop into OSA.
When the air passage closes off, the snorer struggles to breathe and wakes up – gasping for air. The obstruction is then over, and normal breathing can carry on, allowing the snorer to fall asleep again. This happens over and over again during the night.
We all have heard a sleeping person snoring loudly, and then becomes quite, and starts breathing again with a gasp or snort. This is the classic description of a person with OSA. If severe enough, symptoms can include mood swings, depression, feeling tired, even when you’ve had plenty of sleep, and morning headaches.
The second and less common type of sleep apnoea is Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA) in which there are pauses in breathing during sleep without obstruction to the air passage. In this instance, the brain “forgets” to send signals to the lungs to breathe. Since blockage of the air passage is not required to produce CSA, snoring is usually not a major symptom and may not be at all. CSA is usually the result of other medical conditions like some brain disorders, heart failure, drugs like sleeping tablets, or narcotics that restrain brain activity.
Both OSA and CSA can occur in the same person. When this happens, OSA is usually more severe than CSA.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea:
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