Having Type 2 Diabetes Can Increase Your Chance of Having Sleep Apnea! – When you have Type 2 diabetes, you boost your chances of having many life-threatening conditions including obstructive sleep apnea. Unfortunately there are many people with Type 2 diabetes who suffer from this debilitating condition.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
1. It comes about because the upper part of your airway collapses. This prevents you from being able to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.
2. The most common cause for sleep apnea is due to over-relaxation of your throat muscles… this causes your upper airway to droop or sag and/or your tongue to fall backwards.
3. It occurs most often in people who are overweight especially when excess pounds or kilos gather around your abdomen and you also store fat around your neck.
4. Having enlarged glands such as tonsils, adenoids and thyroid can also cause problems
When a partial blockage occurs, loud snoring follows. When your airway is completely obstructed, breathing stops and carbon dioxide will begin building up in your blood. When this happens, a ‘survival signal’ is sent to your brain and you begin breathing once more. When your airway opens up, you may suddenly awaken with shortness of breath… you may make choking, gasping and snorting sounds. The pattern may occur even up to 1000 times a night with each stop-start episode lasting up to 30 seconds. This being the case you will have excessive bouts of sleepiness during your day.
Who Is Susceptible to Sleep Apnea?
it’s three times more common in men than in women
it generally affects older men
most sufferers are overweight
although excessive fat around the neck is thought to be responsible for squashing the airway, slim people can be affected also
post-menopausal women are at high risk
people with an under-active thyroid
people with nasal obstructions such as polyps or a deviated septum
drinking alcohol late in the evening
using sleeping tablets
Research has shown sleep apnea is four times higher in men with Type 2 diabetes than in non-diabetic men.
Signs and Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea include:
snoring… it is a key symptom of sleep apnea
despite not drinking alcohol, you wake up feeling like you have a hangover
waking up in the middle of the night choking and fighting for air
headaches in the morning
constant yawning during the day
sleepiness during the daytime
unable to concentrate at work
decreased interest in sex or even erectile dysfunction
1. Weight loss and increasing your exercise level. This will improve muscle tone and can also improve sleep apnea.
2. Mild to moderate cases may respond well to wearing an oral dental appliance which is fitted by a dentist and worn at night. There are several different types:
a mandibular repositioner
a tongue retaining device
If you have Type 2 diabetics and suspect (or your partner tells you) you suffer from sleep apnea, see your doctor about diagnosis and treatment.