Have you ever heard the term sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted while they’re sleeping. In general, sleep apnea can result in the brain not getting enough oxygen and therefore needs to be taken care.
Two Types of Sleep Apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):considered the more common, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, normally when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
- Central Sleep Apnea: the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms:
- Sore or dry throat upon awakening
- Loud snoring
- Sleepiness or lethargy
- Morning headaches
- Restless sleep
- Mood changes
- Decreased sexual desire/interest
- Episodes of gasping or choking out of sleep
- Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
Sleep Apnea in Women:
Higher levels of estrogen and progesterone act as protection women prior to menopause. These hormones maintain the airway muscle tone and keep it from collapsing. However, as these levels decline during perimenopause and drop to their lowest levels as part of menopause, the incidence of sleep apnea climbs, meaning that the older women get, the more likely we are to develop sleep apnea. In the case that you have any of these symptoms, see your physician.
Do you know anyone with sleep apnea? Don’t take some of these symptoms for granted! If you think you might be affected by sleep apnea, see your physician and take care of yourself, Lovelies! To learn more, please follow Black Girl Health on Instagram and our blog. If you would like to be a vendor the Black Girl Health Kickstart Expo, visit our website. Tickets are now on sale for the Black Girl Health Kickstart Health & Wellness Expo, visit here to purchase.