lotus



previous page: A5-16) Pregnancy / What should I know if I'm fat and pregnant?
  
page up: Big Folks Health FAQ
  
next page: A5-17) Thyroid Problems

A5-17) Sleep Apnea




Description

This article is from the Big Folks Health FAQ, by sharon@ecs.ox.ac.uk (Sharon Curtis) with numerous contributions by others.

A5-17) Sleep Apnea

"Apnea" means "lack of breath". It occurs during sleep, when the
throat closes off and shuts the airway, and the lack of breathing
can go on for quite a long time. Since the person is getting little REM
sleep, he or she is often very tired during the day, to the point of
nodding off. Lack of energy and concentration, morning headaches,
and vivid dreams are other symptoms.

The condition occurs mostly in heavy middle-aged men; however,
after menopause, almost as many women have it in the same age
group.

Average weight people can get sleep apnea too, however weight can
contribute to the condition, as excess tissue in the airway causes
obstruction, and excess weight can lead to that. It is true that
sometimes losing as little as 20 pounds can alleviate the condition,
but there are other ways of treating sleep apnea, such as a CPAP
machine.

There are a number of sites on the internet for this condition. Check out
alt.support.sleep-disorder, and the Sleep Medicine home page on
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (URL http://www.cloud9.net/~thorpy/ )

 

Continue to:













TOP
previous page: A5-16) Pregnancy / What should I know if I'm fat and pregnant?
  
page up: Big Folks Health FAQ
  
next page: A5-17) Thyroid Problems