Sleep Apnea – How is age a risk factor?
Sleep disorders can lead to a number of health problems and can sometimes be life-threatening. Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by breathing shortness when the patient is sleeping. As a result of breathing pauses which occurs several times, the patient wakes up frequently during sleep. This does not allow him/her to get sound sleep. As a result the sleep cycle gets affected leading to health issues. At our dental office we diagnose and treat patients who are suffering from sleep apnea. Our sleep apnea appliances and treatment has helped many patients from Calgary and surrounding communities get better sleep. The following write-up tries to provide an overview of how age is related to sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea – How does age affect the sleep disorder?
Many studies conducted till date has associated sleep apnea with obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking and other risk factors. Age too has been commonly listed among risk factors. But how far is it true that age affects sleep apnea?
The statistics available till date show that sleep apnea is not very prevalent in children. Though the statistics are low, one should note that children too can be affected by the sleep disorder. In children who are diagnosed with the sleep apnea, the problem seems to be caused because of enlarged tonsils, obesity, exposure to tobacco smoke and respiratory infections.
On the other-side, sleep apnea seems to be more prevalent in people who are more than 40 years old. One of the main causes for the problem is found to be increased fat deposits around the neck region. Genetics, alcohol consumption, obesity and other factors can contribute to fat deposits around the neck. The sleep disorder can lead to hypertension, cardiac problems, stroke and other bodily conditions. Therefore diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea is absolutely necessary to lead a healthier life.