Sleep Apnea A Serious Disease Affecting NFL Players

Football FieldSleep Apnea consists of series of abnormal stops in breathing and low breathing during sleep. The pause is what is known as apnea, and occurs 5 to 30 times within an hour. Sleep apnea is only diagnosed with a sleep study, which a patient must endure overnight in a clinic.

According to research there are actually three distinct types of this disease. One is central, another is obstructive and the third is mixed or rather a compilation of the two. Those who have sleep apnea are rarely aware that they are having any problems. In fact, some sufferers may have these symptoms for some time before they realize that they are not sleeping well.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat itself collapses during sleep and is common when suffering from a cold. Men are the more common suffers of sleep apneas, the risk increases with large amounts of body weight, smoking and age. Snoring can be a symptom of apneas, as well as restless sleep.

How sleep apnea treated?
In many cases sleep apnea is treated with several approaches. The first approach is to change the lifestyle. Many people sleep at a higher degree of elevation, which helps them to breath better. Quitting smoking helps as well, and sleeping in other positions will also keep you from suffering immensely from it. Doctors may also assign you a CPAP machine or your dentist may offer Oral Appliance Therapy. This also helps to stop or quell snoring. Remember, just because a person snores it does not mean that they are suffering from sleep apnea. Rather if they stop breathing for small periods of time and then begin snoring they may be suffering from sleep apnea.

In recent studies it was found that one third of NFL players have sleep disorders. There were 52 players tested by the New England Journal Of Medicine. These men were part of the classic set of sleep apnea profiles.Typical Sleep Apnea Sufferers are heavier, with thicker necks, a history of snorting and stopping. These males are increased in their risk of being diagnosed with sleep apnea. This disease often times goes undiagnosed. But it can still be prevalent.

What does the CPAP machine do?
It fits over the face, and forces air into the suffers lungs. Many people find the machine to be a bit cumbersome at first, but the benefits outweigh the unsightliness of it. Researchers are checking to see if treating sleep apnea in a NFL players profile will in fact enhance and help their game performance. The condition may slow them down, as lack of sleep can cause them to be less than aware on the football field.

Many sufferers have found that treatment improves their ability to get a great nights rest and helps those around them that are having to listen to the loud snoring as well. Most sufferers from sleep apnea notice that they are still tired after a great nights rest. This is usually the first sign.

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea or are tired of treatment from a CPAP machine, contact Dr. Dan Matthews Austin dental office today. Dr. Matthews can offer a take home sleep study to see if you are suffering from sleep apnea. He can may also be able to offer sleep apnea treatment in the form of an oral appliance. Schedule a free consultation to see if Dr. Matthews can help your sleep apnea problems.

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