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Characteristics of Sleep Apnea and Snoring and Restless Legs Syndrome(RLS)

Snoring occurs when the breath moves through a passage that is too small. When you are sleeping, the throat muscles relax and the tongue falls backwards. The walls of the throat becomes floppy so they vibrate when you breathe. If something like tongue, enlarged tonsils, deviated septum in nose narrows the passage in throat, snoring occurs.

It is not necessary to take snoring as a health risk. The problem arises when there is not enough air that can get through nose or mouth and your breathing stops for few seconds – a condition that is called sleep apnea. This condition signals the brain to wake you up to get your breathing going again. May be you are not aware of this condition of yours but your body is. As a result, most people with this disorder are sleepy during the day. There is a higher risk of stroke and death to people who suffers sleep apnea. Sleep apnea increases the number of inflammatory mediators in the body that are associated with heart disease and diabetes. Before menopause, the risk of developing sleep apnea in women is 10 to 50 percent less lower than a man’s. It goes up after menopause. The reason behind this is probably estrogen is a stimulant that encourages breathing. When estrogen level decreases after menopause, so does this breathing boost. The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy increases chances of developing snoring and sleep apnea.

Some things that you can do are:
– Spend a night at sleep center where your sleep pattern is observed.
– Lose weight.
– Be a side sleeper.
– See a dentist.

Restless Legs Syndrome(RLS)

– Restless Legs Syndrome is a neurological disorder.
– RLS causes itchy, crawly, tingly feelings in legs.
– There is a strong genetic component to RLS.

Some things that you can do are:
– See your doctor for an evaluation.
– Get your iron levels checked.
– Consider medication.

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