Quantcast

Bedtime Blues: Sleep apnea - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Bedtime Blues: Sleep apnea

Posted: Updated:
SHREVEPORT, La. -

Are you suffering from the bedtime blues?

 
Sleep apnea is one of the biggest barriers to a restful night.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million people in America suffer from it. 

You've heard it before. Someone you know sawing logs while they rest. But did you know that heavy snoring can be a sign of a serious health issue?

Sleep apnea is caused by your airway actually closing off while you sleep. 

It can interrupt breathing, causing you to wake up multiple times in the night.

"Our tongue and our palate fall back and reduce the space we have to breathe. We don't get as much air flow and our body and heart react to that. We have spikes of adrenaline in relation to this situation. We have to wake ourselves up to breathe," said Dr. Nabil Moufarrej with The Sleep Clinic in Shreveport.

But even more disturbing, it can lead to high blood pressure, an irregular heart beat, diabetes, depression and traffic accidents.

Moufarrej said more of his patients come in with sleep apnea than with any other sleep disorder. 

"I think it's being recognized more. People are asking about it more. Cardiologists are asking about it more," said Moufarrej.

So what causes sleep apnea? It's a variety of factors. A recent rise in weight among children and adults is one of those.

"Weight is a big factor. It does increase with age. Our jaw structure has a lot to do with it. If we have an overbite, that pushes our tongue back," said Moufarrej.

Moufarrej said for some the answer to sleep apnea could be as simple as sleeping on your side instead of your back.
 
But for others a breathing machine called the CPAP can keep your airway open at night. 

"The treatment of CPAP is to open your airway. If your lungs are healthy, you can pull the oxygen you need from that air," said Moufarrej.

It's customizable and often covered by health insurance.
 
"Don't ignore the snore. It can kill you. It's not something to be thought is casual, funny or no big deal.

 

  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • Celebrate Education 2014

    Celebrate Education 2014

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:30:00 GMT
    Community Projects Director Jan Elkins with donors for the KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home.
    CELEBRATE EDUCATION, and it begins next week at the Shreveport Convention Center.
  • KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home.

    KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home.

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:04 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:04:35 GMT
    Community Projects Director Jan Elkins with donors for the KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home.
    Community Projects Director Jan Elkins with donors for the KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home.
  • KTBS 3 Easter Basket Giveaway

    KTBS 3 Easter Basket Giveaway

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:48:59 GMT
    Members of the KTBS 3 News team partnered with Loyola College Prep, Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus this morning.  We delivered Easter packages filled with food to those less fortunate.
    In the spirit of Easter, members of the KTBS 3 News team partnered with Loyola College Prep, Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus this morning.  We fanned out across the area, delivering Easter packages filled with food to those less fortunate this year.  Please join us in wishing everyone  Happy Easter!
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Celebrate Education 2014

    Celebrate Education 2014

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:30:00 GMT
    Community Projects Director Jan Elkins with donors for the KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home.
    CELEBRATE EDUCATION, and it begins next week at the Shreveport Convention Center.
  • Louisiana Tech to showcase innovation, entrepreneurship at annual ‘I-20 Top 20’

    Louisiana Tech to showcase innovation, entrepreneurship at annual ‘I-20 Top 20’

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:31:46 GMT
    University Hall at LA TechUniversity Hall at LA Tech
    Business and community leaders, technology entrepreneurs, and leaders in innovation throughout north Louisiana will gather at Louisiana Tech University, April 29 for the second annual I-20 Top 20 Regional
    Business and community leaders, technology entrepreneurs, and leaders in innovation throughout north Louisiana will gather at Louisiana Tech University, April 29 for the second annual I-20 Top 20 Regional Showcase.
  • Education chief gets favorable job review

    Education chief gets favorable job review

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:41 AM EDT2014-04-16 12:41:51 GMT
    John White, LA Superintendent of EducationJohn White, LA Superintendent of Education
    State Superintendent of Education John White has received a favorable job evaluation. The review was done by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Board President Chas Roemer announced
    State Superintendent of Education John White has received a favorable job evaluation.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Autopsy to ID dead boy; body cast off side of road

    Autopsy to ID dead boy; body cast off side of road

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:01 AM EDT2014-04-19 07:01:44 GMT
    All Massachusetts authorities could say for sure is that they found the lifeless body of a small boy, apparently cast off the side of a highway.
    All Massachusetts authorities could say for sure is that they found the lifeless body of a small boy, apparently cast off the side of a highway.
  • Looming, creeping landslide splits home in Wyoming

    Looming, creeping landslide splits home in Wyoming

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 06:31:26 GMT
    A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon efforts to stabilize the hillside.
    A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon just-begun efforts to stabilize the hillside.
  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:23 AM EDT2014-04-19 05:23:46 GMT
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File