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sleep apneaOver the last couple years the amount of information regarding sleep apnea that’s available to the public has increased exponentially. According to the National Sleep Foundation, doctors, researchers, and sleep centers have made great leaps in raising awareness about the symptoms and causes surrounding sleep apnea. However, despite all of the information that’s available many people still believe the myths and misconceptions regarding this serious sleep disorder. To help separate the myths from the facts I have complied a list of the most common myths surrounding sleep apnea, which include the following:

Myth #1: Only older people develop sleep apnea.

Fact: Many people believe that only older people can get sleep apnea. This couldn’t be more wrong. This sleep disorder can actually affect people of all ages, this even includes children. While sleep apnea may be more common in people over 40 year’s old, it can also affect people of the ages 30, 25, 15 and sometimes even 5. There are some physical attributes that increase the risk of devolving sleep apnea, such as being overweight or male.

Myth #2: Everyone that snores has sleep apnea.

Fact: While snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, it doesn’t mean that everyone who snores has it. However, it also doesn’t mean that those who don’t snore have sleep apnea. Those who suffer from sleep apnea pause their breathing while they’re sleeping, sometimes can even happen hundreds of times a night. This impacts the person’s overall health by disrupting their sleep cycle and decreasing sleep.

Myth #3: Sleep apnea is not a danger sleep disorder.

Fact: People seem to think sleep apnea is just snoring, but that is very untrue. Sleep apnea takes a toll on all those that suffer from it, it robs people of a good night’s sleep and the health benefits that sleep comes with, leaving them lethargic during the day. This type of daytime sleepiness can lead to many accidents on the road and/or in work environments. In addition, there’s research that’s shown that sleep apnea that is left untreated can result in several serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stoke.

Myth #4: Only obese and overweight people get sleep apnea.

Fact: Of course, being overweight can increase the likelihood of developing this serious sleep disorder. This is mostly due to the fatty tissue in the throat. As fatty tissues increase due to weight gain, they can collapse and even block the airway when they relax during sleep. On the other hand, even a well condition athlete who has a muscular neck can have the same problems.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact Berry Hill Dentistry in Syosset, NY at 516-921-1717 to schedule a consultation today. Or feel free to visit www.berryhilldentistrypc.com for additional information regarding sleep apnea.