Sleep Apnea Alert and MUSCLE GROWTH

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    Jun 10, 2012 6:44 AM GMT
    Hi everybody, I just want to make sure that everybody is aware of a silent killer, taking the lives and diminishing the quality of life for millions of Americans. This disorder is known as sleep apnea.

    The sleep apnea that is usually discussed is known as OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). As it sounds, lack of breathing (a-pnea) is caused by some obstruction in the wind pipe. The obstruction could be many things including large tonsils, narrow jaw, enlarged tongue, etc.

    If you have sleep apnea and it is undiagnosed and treated, you are at higher risk for stroke, heart failure, and early mortality. Furthermore, since you aren't getting efficient sleep you WILL feel fatigued, and your MUSCLES will not recover as they are supposed to do after a workout.

    I know this because I was recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and now have to wear a mask at night that blows air down my throat. I was tired during the day and my muscle recovery wasn't good--I went to get tested and sure enough, I was waking up to breath almost every other minute of the night. Now that I'm getting treated, I'll feel better, more alert, and I'll be able to pack on quality muscle.

    What are the main warning signs for sleep apnea people????
    1) Loud Snoring (snoring is NOT normal for men OR women...and yes, women do snore)
    2) Snoring with Cessation (this is the apnea period which will be followed by a gasp for air)
    3) Fatigue when waking up and during the day (if you are getting enough efficient sleep, you should be able to wake up in the morning and feel alert without needing caffeine within 2-3 minutes and you should stay alert throughout the day with a slight dip in alertness between 1-4 PM...which has nothing to do with being after lunch as some people believe)
    4) Obesity (this is an aggregating factor or causative)...In other words, not everybody with OSA is obese. Not every obese person has OSA, but an Obese person has a higher chance of developing it. Some obese patients can lose weight which will take care of the apnea, some won't, meaning that there are other obstructions that can't be taken care of with a diet.
    5) Parent with sleep apnea, especially if you look like that parent
    6) Getting up often to use the restroom at night (NOT NORMAL)

    If you have these symptoms schedule an appointment with a sleep clinic. It can save your life. If there are any questions any of you have regarding sleep apnea OR any other sleep pathology (there are around 80 named sleep disorders), I'd be happy to help answer them if possible.
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    Aug 12, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    Often people with sleep apnoea are overweight and it is the fat which compresses the breathing tube when the internal structures relax in deep sleep. The other issues like stroke and heart attack probably stem from the underlying cause of obesity.