There are many common myths about sleep. We hear them frequently, and may even experience them far too often. Sometimes they can be characterized as “old wives tales,” but there are other times the incorrect information can be serious and even dangerous. The following article is a list of common myths about sleep, and the facts that dispel them.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that temporarily causes breathing to be suspended during sleep. A physical obstruction happens in the airway which limits the amount of oxygen needed to reach the lungs. In the process of attempting to breathe again due to the obstruction, loud snoring or choking noises are heard.
As a group, people who struggle with maintaining a healthy weight experience some of the same struggles and challenges. Whether it is acknowledged or it goes unrecognized, one of those challenges can be airway-related and not being able to achieve the quality of sleep the body requires. The inability to do so can set off a domino effect on a person’s overall health and wellness. Without being able to obtain the levels of required quality sleep, the chances of experiencing long term success with weight loss and health goals can be significantly compromised.