I’m pretty sure many of us, if not, some of us snore. Snoring occurs when our airway narrows whilst sleeping, so when we breath out, the carbon dioxide squeezes past the airway making, of course, snoring sounds! Obstructive Sleep Apnea is similar but also very different. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when our airway is completely blocked and obstructed. This results in air to not properly come in, and air to not properly come out. When carbon dioxide is trying to flow out through our airway, it is pushing against the blocked part of our airway. Because of the constant pushing, this wakes up our brain from deep sleep so our brain can tell our airway to open up. Once the airway opens up, the carbon dioxide is able to flow out (usually, when the air flows out, it flows out with a gasping sound). This cycle repeats over and over again through the whole night. Since your brain is now awake, you are moved from deep sleep to light sleep. If this repeats for the whole night, you aren’t getting proper sleep.
Because you aren’t getting proper sleep, this affects your mental, social, physical and emotional health. It is proven that people with sleep apnea are not able to concentrate while doing something. This affects your performance in school because you are not able to listen and do work because you are too tired. People with sleep apnea also tend to have morning headaches. This results in a change with your mental health. You’re also not able to keep up with your friends also changing your social health. This also affects your physical health because you aren’t able to keep up or do the sports you do regularly.
I chose to do this topic for my health buzz because, Obstructive Sleep Apnea does go unnoticed and undiagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea may seem like regular snoring but it has negative effects to it. I also chose this topic because one of my family members might have this disorder. I realised a lot of changes in the morning and during the day because of Sleep Apnea. Although it may seem like there isn’t a cure for this, there are ways to lessen the episodes you have in the evening. One way is to sleep on your side. There are many more ways to easily stop sleep apnea but if all else fails, their is a medical way to treat Sleep Apnea. This is called CPAP treatment. CPAP treatment is when you wear a mask that constantly blows air into your airway so it stays open.
Studying this topic has helped me learn about how our airway functions and why we snore. I also learned that although this disorder rarely occurs on teens or kids, it still has effects that can affect us all especially if we are friends with somebody who has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is definitely a disorder that is overlooked.