Are you concerned about Obstructive Sleep Apnea?  You should be because it is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed.

Here is a simple yet accurate diagnostic test you can use to see the opening of your airway.

Stand in front of a mirror and protrude your tongue. Aim a light toward the back of your mouth.
Is your airway open like the diagram on the left? You are safe.
If your airway is obstructed by the base of your tongue, or a droopy soft palate, or from side to side by the pillars or tonsils, then this should concern you.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (apnea=without breath) occurs while you are at sleep and not even aware of it. (Your bed partner may be well aware of your symptoms.)  During an apnea event you will not be able to inhale for 10 seconds and even up to a full minute until your body forces an autonomic response: your tongue will push forward in an attempt to open the airway, your teeth will gnash and grind.  When you are awake you may be able to see these signs in your mouth but you are unaware while asleep.
This dangerous cycle may repeat throughout your night and it may average 30 such episodes per hour. A severe case of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could produce 240 episodes during an eight hour sleep. This is not uncommon.
Imagine how much life-supporting oxygen is being transported to your heart, your brain, and other organs. Well-known mental effects of OSA are chronic daytime fatigue, irritability, confusion, inability to concentrate, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
High blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks are also connected to OSA.
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