Importance of Addressing Sleep Apnea before Flu Season

by admin on July 20, 2017

At ENT Memphis, Rande Lazar, MD, focuses on throat, ear, and nose disorders. These disorders include throat infections, ear infections, larynx disorders, tonsil infections, adenoiditis, and sinus infections. Rande Lazar, MD provides a particular expertise in pediatric and adult snoring and sleeping disorders, as well as surgery. Approximately 50 to 70 million Americans experience some type of sleep condition, according to the CDC. If you consistently feel fatigued even when you get enough hours of sleep, you could be one of those people. Typically, sleep apnea is caused from your lower jaw falling backward during the night and your tongue with it; your tongue blocks the airway and prevents you from adequate oxygen. This process results in choking, snoring, and can even cause you to gasp for breath. Treating sleep apnea is critical; however, it’s just as important to address it before the flu season. The number of hours you sleep can impact your immune system negatively. It’s not just the amount of sleep you get, it’s also the quality of your sleep that matters. Unless you are able to reach a deep sleep while breathing freely, your immune system can’t function properly, meaning you are more apt to catch the flu or cold. In addition to catching the flu, lack of sleep can impact the body’s ability to fight off the infection, which means you can potentially be sick longer.

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