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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Thin people can get sleep apnea

  I've addressed this before but it's a good time for a reminder.
  Don't think it's impossible to get sleep apnea if you are thin.
  Yes, many apnea sufferers are overweight but a recent article in The Herald-News in Illinois drove home the point that anyone can be affected.
  It mentions a 170-pound man of average height whose wife noticed he was snoring loudly and waking up gasping for air. He did not feel rested upon waking up.
  A sleep study diagnosed his apnea.
  Just like non-smokers can get lung cancer and non-drinkers can get liver cancer, this ailment also doesn't discriminate.
  So please keep an eye out for interrupted sleep in your loved ones of all sizes.

2 Comments:

Blogger Amit Kumar said...

Yes, you are right anybody can have sleep apnea problem it's not related to your weight, but if have snore problem you have to contact cpap machine suppliers .

October 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM 
OpenID renatae said...

Thank you for posting this. My dad wasn't overweight a day in his life. He never had much of an appetite, assiduously avoided fat and lectured about "starches." He spent so much time scraping butter off his toast that you could barely tell there was any left. Yet he suffered from high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and, yes, sleep apnea. It wasn't until he was in his 60's that people became aware of sleep apnea, although throughout his adult life, my mom always said he would stop breathing during his sleep. He died 2 weeks after his diagnosis, never having reached his follow up visit to provide him CPAP equipment.

November 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM 

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