Did you know an estimated 850,000 adults suffer from sleep apnea, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada and snoring may be a sign of a more serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Sleep breathing disorders are complex and vary widely in symptoms and causes.
Sleep breathing disorders include everything from the “babbling brook”, or snoring, all the way up to holding your breath and not breathing at all (apnea)! If you or your bed partner has irregular breathing, difficulty sleeping, daytime drowsiness, lack of energy, or abnormal sleep patterns, they may have a sleep breathing disorder.
Sleep breathing disorders can lead to serious health consequences, and can dramatically impact quality of life overall.
A person only has three states of consciousness. Awake, light sleep, and deep/REM sleep.
The deep & REM sleep portions of sleep are the most beneficial portions of sleep. It is during this stage that repair processes occur within the body. It is also during this sleep state that our brains are in “Delta Wave Sleep”, our bodies are the most limp at this state, and this is when we are most vulnerable to a compromised airway.
Light sleep is merely a means to an end. The normal sleep patterns would see a person cycle through light, deep, and REM sleep 3 – 5 times in a night. A “normal” nights sleep is 7 – 9 hours.
Less is no good, and more is not ideal either as anything over 9 hours is equally as predictive of problems as well.