Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions of men (3-15% of them) worldwide. Men are also 2 to 3 times more likely to have sleep apnea than women in many patient populations. Sleep apnea is characterized by repeated interruptions of breathing during sleep, which can lead to a number of serious health complications.
In this blog post, we will talk about common sleep apnea symptoms in men, along with the causes, and various treatment options available to them.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms In Men:
One of the most common sleep apnea symptoms in men is loud snoring. This is caused by the collapse of the airway during sleep, which results in turbulent airflow. This can cause the soft tissue in the back of the throat to vibrate, resulting in loud snoring.
Another common sleep apnea symptom in men is daytime fatigue and sleepiness. This is caused by the repeated interruptions of breathing during sleep, which can lead to poor sleep quality and a lack of restorative sleep. As a result, men with sleep apnea may feel tired and groggy during the day, even after getting a full night's sleep.
Other sleep apnea symptoms include frequent awakening at night to urinate, morning headaches, awakening with a dry mouth and difficulty concentrating during the day. Men with sleep apnea may also experience a loss of interest in sex.
Even though sleep apnea can affect anyone, men are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer from it. Here are other factors that can increase your risk of suffering from sleep apnea:
Excess weight: Obesity greatly increases your risk of being affected by sleep apnea. Fat deposits around your neck can block your breathing.
Having a neck circumference greater than 17 inches: People with thicker necks tend to have narrower airways. This is why a lot of athletes who play sports such as basketball, American football or wrestling have sleep apnea, because they have a lot of muscle around the neck which adds to the pressure on the airways.
Being older: Sleep apnea occurs significantly more in older men than in younger men.
Family history: Having a first degree relative with sleep apnea might increase your risk fourfold.
Smoking: Men who smoke are 3 times more likely to suffer from sleep apnea compared to those who have never smoked. Smoking increases the amount of inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airways.
Nasal congestion: If you have trouble breathing through your nose due to allergies or anatomical problems, you are more likely to have sleep apnea.
Medical conditions such as hormonal and cardiovascular disorders