Is sleep suffocating you? (“Choking” during sleep)
Maintain oxygen levels by continued breathing
To have a good night’s sleep requires constant good oxygen levels. We all need to breathe better all the time to not feel suffocated after falling asleep. Sometime this is described as observed as ‘choking’ or waking with feeling of ‘choking’
To not constantly breathe freely is a form of suffocation, which like other suffocation also leads to a drop in blood oxygen levels.
80% of persons that stop breathing during sleep are not even aware of it. Even when they fully wake up, they often do not realise what happened or remember these oxygen deprivation incidents.
Interrupted breathing during sleep is medically referred to as sleep apnea.
It can be caused by obstruction of the airway when soft tissue collapses or lack of effort to breathe.
When the airway is narrowed by relaxed soft tissue, it is described as hypopnea.
Snoring often disrupts sleep and may also be associated with some drop in blood oxygen levels.
It is difficult to be patient and tolerant when fatigued due to lack of enough good sleep? “Balke saag” (snoring) is often the last straw to break relationships. Two partners with lack of proper sleep, severely affect quality of life for both.
We all need good deep sleep to live a healthy life. You need good deep sleep too.
Disrupted sleep and disrupted dreams due to sleep apnea significantly increase health risks ranging from sleepiness and headaches to heart attacks..
During deep sleep, your body works to repair the body’s ability to function at its best. Chemicals that strengthen the immune system then also start to circulate in the blood.
If you are looking for an immediate solution without medicine and associated side-effects, you should consider using positive airway pressure from CPAP machine. You are welcome to contact us if you need more information or more complete explanation of sleep apnea and ways to prevent it.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
The person suffering from the condition usually won’t notice it first! The person sharing the bed with the persons suffering is often the first to raise the alarm. Most common indications observed include:
- Waking up suddenly after gasping or choking
- Daytime Sleepiness and Fatigue
- Absence of restful sleep and / or regular awakenings.
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Unable to concentrate
Related conditions which might be caused or made worse by apnea include:
Inability to function or work productively, Depression, Sexual dysfunction.