Sleep Apnea and Your Body
WHY IT’S MORE THAN AN AIRWAY DISORDER
on sleep to repair damage, prepare for the next day, and balance out your system. When the sleep you’re getting isn’t quality, everything else can suffer. Let’s start at the top: your head. Your brain causes you to toss and turn or wake up in the middle of the night because it’s getting the signal from your body that it needs more oxygen. This constant start and stop motion limits the time your brain can spend repairing and improving your memory and cognitive function, which are two big reasons why our bodies need sleep. This can present itself in that “foggy” head feeling you often have when you don’t get enough sleep. Beyond a groggy mind, your head, neck, and shoulders can feel the brunt of sleep apnea. The lack of oxygen that comes from sleep apnea can lead to increased headaches, eye pain, blurry vision, jaw pain, and tension in your upper body.
body condition, its impacts on the heart are by far the most profound. Because of this constant start and stop motion your body does while you sleep, your heart is jolted awake and not getting the oxygen it needs. (For reference, your cardiac system relies on oxygen to function!) That kind of stress can lead to hypertension, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmias — people with sleep apnea are actually four times more likely to struggle with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rate — congestive heart failure, and heart disease. Ultimately, all of these conditions can lead to death. The good news for sleep apnea sufferers is that treatment is possible, and it doesn’t have to be done with an invasive CPAP machine. Dr. Jelinek and his team can find a treatment plan that will fit into your lifestyle. Schedule your free consultation and get started today by calling 703-584-5996.
On its surface, sleep apnea appears to be an airway and lung disorder. The condition is caused by a blocked or poorly formed airway, which ultimately makes it difficult for your body to get the oxygen it needs. While your breathing and your airway are the main culprits, the reality is that sleep apnea is a condition that affects your entire body and can be deadly when left untreated. Your body relies
Finally, there’s the effects sleep apnea can have on your heart. While sleep apnea is a whole-
Orange Glazed Salmon
Zest from 1 orange
2 salmon fillets (10 oz total)
1/3 cup fresh- squeezed orange juice
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp tapioca starch
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1. Heat oven to 425 F, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 2. Salt each fillet with 1/2 tsp salt. Bake for 6–8 minutes. 3. In a saucepan, combine ghee and garlic and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
4. Add rosemary, zest, and juice. Cook for another 3 minutes. 5. Stir in tapioca starch until lumps disappear and mixture thickens. 6. Plate salmon and top with orange sauce.
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