Mens health diagnosing sleep apnea

Men’s Health: Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

With our busy and hectic schedules, most of us usually take sleep for granted. More often than not, we sleep late to make the most of our time without even minding that we need to wake up early the next day for work. In fact, almost everybody suffer from sleep apnea without even knowing it.

Sleep apnea can disrupt the amount and the quality of sleep we are getting. Note that with poor sleep comes a big waist. Why? Because we tend to become hungrier and we are less likely to get an exercise since we wake up feeling extremely exhausted.

According to Spencer Nadolsky, a physician in Newport News, Virginia, “Poor sleep definitely increases the risk of obesity. And obesity increases the risk of sleep apnea.”

It is important to note that sleep apnea cannot be treated without a diagnosis and there’s no definite diagnosis unless you undergo a supervised sleep study. However, Nadolsky noted 3 easy ways to decide when you should consider getting treatment.

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Diagnosis for Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring. A lot of men snore. Those who snore too loud are often told many times by their wife, girlfriend, or roommates how loud they are that it can disturb the others sleeping next door. However, there are also those whose snore is not too loud that nobody could ever tell they are snoring until they come near.

  • You look like your choking when you’re a sleep. More often than not, people who notice this are your roommates, or your wife, or your girlfriend. They usually wake you up when you are doing this in your sleep for fear that you might stop breathing in any minute. When they do, you usually wake up gasping for air.

  • Having a neck circumference of 17 inches or larger. According to Nadolsky, “the bigger the neck, the more mass there is to potentially cause obstruction”. Note that this finding does not mean that bigger necks cause snoring, choking, or sleep apnea. However, it can actually predispose you to poor sleep.

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