Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen.
Sufferers of sleep apnea often snore while sleeping. Most at times they’re not even aware they’re suffering from such a sickness, I mean, when you sleep how do you know whether or not you are breathing properly or not when you’re really sound asleep? But this doesn’t mean that if left untreated that you’re just going to continue to be fine – it will bring about other symptoms or lead to other diseases that when checked, will now be traced to sleep apnea.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Irregular heartbeats
- Worsening of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
People who experience sleep apnea are often not even aware of their breathing problem, not even upon waking up. So this makes it hard to actually identify if you are suffering from this or not. In fact, about 70 to 80 percent of the sufferers are never diagnosed, which requires carrying out a sleep test overnight. I wonder how you’d feel knowing that someone is watching you as you sleep but if this is what you need to find out if you’re suffering from sleep apnea, then do it.
You may want to know the common symptoms of this sickness before wanting to opt for such a test. Well, the common symptoms associated with sleep apnea include snoring, depression, morning headaches, lack of concentration, extreme drowsiness during the day, mood swings and restless sleep. Sufferers mostly report daytime tiredness even after sleeping for hours at night.
Not to worry, there is good news. It has been found that medical marijuana greatly can be used to treat sleep apnea, greatly reducing its negative effects with no known side effects so far. Hey, it’s medical, not for fun and taking it doesn’t make you a junkie!
Marijuana soothes involuntary nervous output during sleep, thereby decreasing impulsive breathing disorder in sleep, as well as inhibits serotonin-induced intensification of the condition.
The Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of marijuana mimics the brain action during sleep and reduces apnea indications during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep stage by 58 percent and Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep stage by 42 percent – this also depends on the dosage taken. That is, the more medical marijuana you take, the better the results.
This post was originally published on July 17, 2014, it was updated on October 5, 2017.