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Is Sleep Apnea Genetic?


*Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.*

 

Sleep Apnea is a growing concern to many around the country and globe. Those suffering from Sleep Apnea have to endure sleepless nights, uncomfortable sleep and breathing issues. But why exactly are they suffering from it? Before we dive into the causes of sleep apnea, including whether or not it’s genetic, let’s elaborate on exactly what it means for those who suffer from it.

Simply put Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder in which breathing patterns, or breathing in general, are disrupted or stopped altogether while a person sleeps. While that is the main symptom of the disorder there are actually numerous forms of it. Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain seems to be unable to process the ability to send signals to various muscles that control the way a person breathes; Obstructive Sleep Apnea will occur when a person’s throat muscles relax or tense, causing an obstruction in their airway. Those are certainly scary issues to be dealing with, but thankfully there are many modern ways to treat Sleep Apnea. Humidifiers and CPAP devices provide invaluable help to many suffering from the disorder, but that still doesn’t answer how they managed to get it in the first place.

As the number of people suffering from Sleep Apnea rises, it’s important to understand what the causes and symptoms are so you can do your best to avoid it, or treat it.

Causes and Symptoms

So is Sleep Apnea genetic? The short answer is no. Sleep Apnea itself will likely not pass from generation to generation and is not a disease or affliction that could consistently arise without a cause. But that doesn’t mean that the causes of Sleep Apnea are not genetic! It’s absolutely true that many health issues could lead someone to suffer from Sleep Apnea, and those are absolutely genetic. Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disorders, nasal congestion, high blood pressure, liver problems and metabolic complications are all medical issues that can lead to or cause Sleep Apnea - and every single one of those issues can be genetic.

While the number one symptom of Sleep Apnea is disrupted breathing during a night’s sleep, there are a number of other issues that come along with it. Daytime sleepiness and fatigue can plague those unable to sleep through the night; loud snoring and desperate gasps for air can even force them or their partners awake at any hour. Dry mouth, excruciating headaches, dehydration, and general irritability are just a number of other issues that can and will plague those who suffer from Sleep Apnea but don’t seek to treat it. But thanks to modern technology and treatments, there are many ways to ease the stress and symptoms of Sleep Apnea!

Treatments, Tips and Tricks!

While Sleep Apnea may not be inevitable for those suffering from the above issues, there’s a very good chance they’ll have to deal with it at some point in their life. It should come as no surprise that Sleep Apnea is actually quite common, and fortunately very treatable. Around 22 million Americans alone suffer from Sleep Apnea, and since it can manifest itself in many different ways there are many different ways to treat it.

Once again, it’s a hard truth that one of the main causes of the disorder is complications with obesity and weight. The throat issues that come along with Obstructive Sleep Apnea are often caused by excess weight, which puts pressure on the throat and eventually leads to the obstruction. So first and foremost one of the best strategies for fighting this disorder is by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine. However, considering the wide array of causes and health issues that can lead to Sleep Apnea, a healthy dinner and a jogging routine will not be enough to solve most people’s problems. So what are the next steps to fighting this disorder?

One of the major ways to treat and alleviate these problems is with a humidifier or a CPAP device. While this might seem extreme, so are breathing issues! Humidifiers can help to relax the throat and provide much needed moisture to the air, which can ease the nasal and throat passages. CPAP devices provide a more direct form of comfort/treatment, by giving the user a consistent flow of fresh air to ensure they get all the oxygen they require.

The above treatments will be able to provide relief to most of those struggling not just from Sleep Apnea, but from breathing issues in general. But for those who are still plagued by the issue, there are surgeries that might be able to help. Thanks to the constant advancement of the medical field in general, just a couple of years could mean countless other treatments, and possibly an eventual cure, to ease the minds of the many who suffer.

Maintaining Your Health, Retaining Your Comfort

The truth is that you, or someone you know, will possibly be confronted with your own form of Sleep Apnea within your lifetime. Like many other disorders, it may not be literally genetic but since so many of the causes are, your family medical history could be an indicator of whether or not you’ll come across it. But if you do, there are many, many treatments to help. While a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet may be able to solve the problem for some, but others may have to resort to a humidifier or a CPAP device to help ease them into a restful night’s sleep without breathing issues.

With daily use and constant exposure to moisture, it’s imperative that you take care of your CPAP device. Sanitization will not only keep your device free of harmful irritants and bacteria, but it will help to keep you free of them too! Sleep8 was designed to support your CPAP accessories easily, without any hassle and with the power of Ozone.

 


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