Sleep apnea - brief interruptions of breathing during sleep

Can Freediving Lead to Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Each episode, called an apnea, lasts long enough so that one or more breaths are missed, and such episodes occur repeatedly.

Some people wonder if freediving can lead some way to the development of medical condition called sleep apia, or if higher CO2 tolerance presumably characteristic for advanced freedivers has ever led to an increased likelihood of developing sleep apnea, a serious, potentially life-threatening disorder characterized by repeated cessation of breathing due to either collapse of the upper airway during sleep or absence of respiratory effect. During this state patient's breathing halts briefly but repeatedly during sleep. Is it true that freediver's trained organism 'expecting' you to hold your breath may react with changing the natural human breathing cycle during sleep this harmful way?

We did a lot to find out if there's any connection between freediving and sleep apnia, but failed to find out anything to clear up the question, except for the fact that numerous studies on CO2 tolerance revealed that freedivers do not have noticeably higher CO2 tolerance than other people. As another forum participant wittily remarked, there's overlap of apnea diving and apnea sleep, but most apnea divers do not apnea sleep, while most apnea sleepers never apnea dive.

Also, on yet another forum dedicated to scuba diving and lung and breathing problems there was a topic called sleep apnea and diving, and the question on the discussion there sounded like that: I was diagnosed sleep apnea seven months ago, and meanwhile I am on my way to getting cerified for diving. Is there any risk for me? The response was just "Don't hold your breath!". So, the issue remains obscure.

Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure. It is a disorder, which is potentially fatal, in which a person who is asleep may stop breathing multiple times for more than 10 seconds. A general dentist or an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon treats this disorder. It is also a temporary inability to breathe during sleep that often affects overweight people or those with an unusually small throat opening. Many obese people have difficulty breathing when they sleep. The fatty tissues in the pharynx and neck can compress the airway and block it. When this occurs, the body's carbon dioxide levels rise to uncomfortable and unsafe levels. Condition characteristic with episodes of stopping breathing during sleep. Some recent studies have also shown that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is common in sarcoidosis. Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition requiring medical attention. Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea can lead to heart attacks, strokes, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart disease. Obstructive sleep apnea can be a cause of daytime sleepiness with risks of accidents, reduced productivity and personal relationship problems. By the severity symptoms obstructive sleep apnes may be classified as mild, moderate or severe. During the state of sleep apnea the tongue can be drawn against the airway with such force that the throat is closed and breathing stops. This airway obstruction causes the heart rate to fall below normal with decreases in blood oxygen levels. Previous.

Please, note that none of the statements on this site should be regarded as medical advice and shouldn't be interpreted as such. For your specific condition you should always consult a doctor.

Related: dry drowning, obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, sleep apnea hipopnea sindrome, mixed sleep apnea, sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome, sleep apnea syndromes, complex sleep apnea;

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