You may be suffering from sleep apnea if you get a full night’s sleep but still feel exhausted the next day. Phillips sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes recurrent breathing pauses for several seconds. It deprives the body of oxygen and can cause significant illnesses like recurrent headaches, hypertension, chronic fatigue, and depression.
Your body mass index and your risk of acquiring sleep apnea are often interrelated. There are several causes for this, but it is believed that the adipose tissue in the upper airway is a primary contributing factor. The additional fat tissues make the airway more collapsible and may lessen the force of the muscles that support the upper airway.
Additionally, a more extensive body mass index makes sleep apnea worse in terms of severity. The number of sleep apnea interruptions per hour and the duration of the interruptions are used to measure severity. Disruptions that occur more frequently and linger longer are associated with a higher heart attack risk.
Research shows men are more likely to develop sleep apnea than women. Although the reason is not entirely apparent, research points to natural fat distribution as the cause.
Men naturally have larger tongues and more fat around the jaw and neck than women. Obstructive sleep apnea results from the increased fat deposits in these locations compressing the airways.
The upper airway becomes more compressed with age, making it one of the leading causes of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea develops physiologically when the mouth’s tonsils, tongue, roof, and other tissues surrounding the throat push against each other and block the airway.
The soft palate is under several muscles’ control, preventing it from obstructing your airway. Age has been demonstrated to decrease the control and strength of the soft palate muscles, regardless of gender or body mass index.
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