The Internet is a great place to research and obtain new information on a variety of topics, especially common ills and symptoms of health issues before they get out of hand. No longer do you have to rely solely upon the town doctor or your best friend’s cousin for “expert” advice on matters of health and medicine.
Now you can get info about topics like snoring and sleep apnea online.
So when I made a video about snoring, it got positive responses, and also a lot of negative ones too. Actually, some of the comments were nothing less than pure outrage.
News anchors on MSNBC tell you to buy a dying stock market everyday before the entire economy tanks, people lose their houses and retirement, their life savings- and nobody bats an eye.
A guy gets on the internet and tells people not to trust the medical establishment regarding surgery to correct sleep apnea or the CPAP device for a lifelong dependency to a potentially temporary condition, to exercise and diet to reduce sleep apnea and snoring- and the whole world loses its mind.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Video
Oh boy. Some guy expresses an opinion and people go crazy. “Are you a doctor?”. “I’m reporting you to the [insert alphabet soup agency name here]!”. “Do you even HAVE sleep apnea, PAL/BUD/IDIOT?”
You get the idea.
So today, in the interest of coming to a better understanding of these topics, I’ve decided to research this even more to answer what should be the obvious questions in hopes of everyone learning more.
Because you Snore, does it mean you have Sleep Apnea?
About 90 million Americans snore, and about half or more of those people may have OSA or obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea. The other form of sleep apnea is CSA, or central sleep apnea, which has more to do with the central nervous’s system having an inability to control the involuntary impulse that humans have to breathe without consciously thinking about it.
Just because you snore does not mean you have sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea are usually known to snore and wake themselves up throughout the night, while regular mild snorers can go a whole night without waking themselves up. Sleep apnea sufferers are also known to be very sleep throughout the day, and sleep with their mouths open. Also, sleep apnea patients may snore more loudly than the typical person who snores.
Risk factors for snoring and sleep apnea within your control
The risk factors for sleep apnea that you can control yourself to reduce snoring and sleep apnea alike are diet, exercise, medications, alcohol and cigarette consumption, and the position in which you sleep at night.
Other risk factors for sleep apnea that may or may not be within your direct control are: your genetics, your age and gender (as males age they are at higher risk), as well as your sinuses and ability to breathe through your nose.
Regardless of which category you might belong to, just remember that people who snore and have sleep apnea often incur a 40% greater chance of premature death than their peers. So it will behoove you proactively find a solution to either problem. Additionally, anyone with common sense can see that snoring is a sort of gateway into sleep apnea, though not a guarantee for the condition.
But since snoring and sleep apnea are most often occurring due to some type of blockage in the airway, you can see how they both belong together in the discussion. Just remember that about 38,000 people die annually from sleep apnea related heart disease. It is putting a major stress on your health and your vital organs.
One thing is for sure: Oxygen is essential.
If you are sure of your snoring problem, but unsure whether you have sleep apnea or not, you can start off by trying out some lower level remedies while simultaneously seeking out expert certified medical care and a sleep study to determine if you have obstructive or even central sleep apnea.
Some low level solutions for snoring that are not too expensive for trying out include stop snoring mouthpieces, nasal dilators, taking an honest look at your current weight, exercise, and diet regime, and trying a different sleep position or even a stop snoring pillow.
Once You Start CPAP, is it Forever?
This is an important question to answer, and why I recommend people start out small and eliminate all the risk factors within their own control first before moving onto the heavy duty equipment which could require a life-long commitment.
To answer the question though, once you start CPAP, you only get the benefits of the device with continued use. So in other words, once you start, yes, you are required to keep using it. While some people note residual benefits of CPAP even on days they skip using the machine, these benefits usually go away after a few days as the throat goes back to normal positioning outside of other structural or major bodily changes.
Conclusion on Stop Snoring and Sleep Apnea Videos Online
Newfound knowledge these days is often readily available and at our fingertips in a matter of seconds…
And with this trend comes a digital jungle that you will have to machete your way through in hopes of gleaning useful (and hopefully true) tidbits of information as you compile your own understanding of what’s going on in the world, and with your own health.
While most people probably inherently understand this, that it’s ultimately up to them to decide if what they are reading/watching/listening to is accurate and makes sense, there are of course the exceptions that expect anyone who films a YouTube video to be a certified expert on the topic to which they speak.