Because muscle tone naturally weakens with age, especially in the soft palate and neck, the prevalence of sleep apnea tends to rise. Although studies have shown that the illness is typically milder in older age groups compared to younger age groups, those over the age of 50 are more likely to develop sleep apnea than those under that age.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, obstructive sleep apnea can cause a number of health issues, including hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, and even early mortality. The disorder causes several “micro-awakenings” throughout the night by interfering with the sleep cycle.
Recognizing the effects of sleep disorders requires an understanding of the significance of deep sleep. The body goes through cellular restoration when in deep sleep, repairing damage acquired throughout the day and putting memories into long-term storage. According to research, sleep, especially deep sleep, improves immunological performance. The brain also gets rid of trash during this phase, including the beta-amyloid protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease.