This Sleep Disorder Could Be the Reason You’re So Damn Tired All the Time
You might be a stickler when it comes to your sleep habits — avoiding certain foods and drinks that can mess with your sleep, practicing meditation and other breathing methods to help you unwind, and even investing in a weighted blanket to help you fall asleep faster. But if you do all of these things and still wake up groggy — or with a dry throat, feeling like you’re hungover even when you didn’t drink the night before — you may not be getting the restful hours of sleep you imagine.
Obstructive sleep apnea — the most common form of sleep apnea — is a sleep disorder in which the airway is repeatedly blocked during the night, disrupting your sleep.
“When we sleep, the muscles in the body relax, including the muscles in our airway. However, with this relaxation comes a narrower airway,” Sujay Kansagra, MD, Mattress Firm’s sleep health expert and the director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program, told POPSUGAR. “When the airway is so narrow that the movement of air leads to a vibration, this results in snoring. But when the airway becomes so narrow that it is blocked, breathing can be obstructed causing the brain to wake you up.”