What causes snoring in Burnaby residents? Obstructive sleep apnea is a common reason for snoring. This disorder causes blockage of the airway during sleep because of relaxed throat muscles. The problem results in the person waking up just slightly over and over to start breathing again. Usually, there is no memory of these repeated incidents. This leads to chronic fatigue and sleepiness when the person is supposed to be awake.
Nocturia and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is often what causes snoring for Burnaby residents, but there are other possible symptoms in addition to chronic sleepiness. Researchers have learned that a frequent need to urinate that develops during sleep is a very common symptom of this disorder. This separate condition is medically known as nocturia. The American Sleep Apnea Organization reports that a full 84 percent of people diagnosed with sleep apnea are affected by nocturia.
The Physiological Response
It’s not just that these men and women wake up frequently and thus have to use the bathroom, but the physiological response to blocked breathing also contributes to the problem. The body responds to increased carbon dioxide and acidity in the blood along with decreased oxygen by releasing a certain protein. The body is reacting as though it senses fluid overload. The protein drives the physical system to release sodium and water, resulting in a need to use the bathroom again and again during the night.
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