Edmonton, Aria MD Sleep Centre wins Three Best Rated® award for the best Sleep Health Professionals
Danny Abilmona, Director of Operations of Aria MD Sleep Centre, a Three Best Rated®award-winning Sleep Centres in Edmonton, explains about Sleep Apnea and its effects.
Edmonton, Alberta (PRUnderground) June 5th, 2020
“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.”
― Anthony Burgess.
Almost all of us would have made fun of that one uncle in the family who snores loudly. But have you ever thought, “What causes snoring?”
I had the chance to meet Danny Abilmona, Director of Operations of Aria MD Sleep Centre, to get answers to all my questions about snoring, sleep apnea, and much more. He originally worked as a Respiratory Therapist in emergency and ICU for the Royal Alexandra Hospital before teaming up with Dr. Raiyan Chowdhury to open Aria Sleep Centre in 2012. Now they are one of the Three Best Rated® award-winning Sleep Centres in Edmonton and have helped thousands of people achieve better, healthier nights rest, which has made their life more enjoyable and quality of life better.
What causes snoring?
“Snoring is the partial collapse of your throat tissue when sleeping,” says Danny. When it collapses, it blocks the airways, making the path narrow. And when air flows through the narrow passage, it causes the surrounding tissues to vibrate, resulting in the snoring sound.
Snoring is a common condition, and the risk of snoring raises as we age. Danny says this is because the elasticity of our tissues becomes weaker over time, due to continual usage. And when the tissues in our throat and upper airway become soft, they will be more prone to vibrations, which in turn, results in snoring or sleep apnea.
Is snoring bad?
Snoring can be a nuisance and can become a medical problem when oxygen levels are affected by the vibrations of the tissue. Also, loud snoring accompanied by daytime sleepiness can be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that is associated with an increased risk of heart diseases.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
“Obstructive sleep apnea is a mechanical condition in which your upper airway tissue relax in your cycles of sleep, completely blocking the airflow from reaching your lungs,” says Danny. Unlike in snoring, where the tissues only partially collapse, in sleep apnea, these tissues fully collapses, which will completely block the airway.
“As your body’s level of oxygen starts to decline from lack of fresh air, the brain prevents you from achieving a deep, restful sleep that the body needs. The low levels of oxygen have long term impact on your end-organs such as brain and heart,” Danny further explains.
The breathing pauses can vary anywhere from 10 seconds to over one minute and can happen multiple times throughout the night. These pauses will lower the oxygen level, which can increase the strain on the cardiovascular system.
Is sleep apnea dangerous?
Obstructive sleep apnea is, in fact, a serious condition. Left untreated, it can lead to serious health concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
How to tell if someone has sleep apnea?
According to a study conducted by the Vancouver Sleep and Breathing Centre, about 30% of adults over the age of 30 snores, and 40% of adults over 40 snores. And out of the total snoring population, about 28% has sleep apnea.
But the problem is more than half of the people don’t know they have sleep apnea. Below are some of the common symptoms of sleep apnea:
Gasping during night
Poor concentration and memory
What are the treatments?
Based on the severity, numerous treatment options are available for sleep apnea. “When patients have more than one option for treatment, it allows them to choose what is comfortable for their lifestyle,” says Danny. The most popular treatment for sleep apnea is the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) method.
It involves wearing a special mask that helps you keep the airflow steady throughout the night. It is also one of the most simple and effective ways to treat sleep apnea. You only need to find a mask that fits you properly.
Other than CPAP, there are other tools available that can treat sleep apnea. Some people opt for a Coblation Surgery, which proved to be more effective and less painful compared to the traditional tonsillectomy.
“Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow.” ― Tom Roth.
We need a good night of sleep to keep our body and mind healthy. So, you are having trouble sleep or breathing at night visit a sleep expert.
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