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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Causes and Effects

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Apnea means cessation of breathing. It can be for a small duration or can also occur recurrently. Obstructive sleep apnea, therefore means, the cessation of breathing that occurs while sleeping and when left unaddressed, it can manifest into a serious sleeping disorder. Typically, obstructive sleep apnea happens when the airway is blocked, despite efforts of breathing, and can last for durations of 10 seconds every time it occurs. In this article, we take a closer look at the symptoms and causes of obstructive sleep apnea. Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea As a result of block airway, the oxygen supply to the brain and other parts of the body gets cut out which often ruins one sleep. At the same time, the body showcases some symptoms…

How Does Aging Affect Sleep?

Aging Affects Sleep

As we grow old, our body goes through a rollercoaster of changes. Part of aging is also learning to deal with less sleep by virtue of difficulty in falling asleep, difficulty in staying asleep or waking up very early and unable to fall asleep again. Why does this happen? Changes in Sleep Architecture As we have discussed  in detail, sleep occurs in four stages through repeated cycles of light and deep sleep. Scientists have discovered that as humans grow older, we tend to light sleep more. This essentially means that as humans age, there is an evident change in the sleep architecture that causes adult humans to spend more time in lighter stages of dreamless sleep. As a result, older adults feel tired, fatigued easily…

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