Persons Living With HIV/AIDS have been said to have a high risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
The likelihood of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in PLHWA is higher than in HIV-negative controls, the report warns.
Physicians say that Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.
Sleep apnea has many different possible causes, experts warn. In adults, the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is excess weight and obesity, which is associated with soft tissue of the mouth and throat.
During sleep, when throat and tongue muscles are more relaxed, this soft tissue can cause the airway to become blocked.
This is corroborated by a new research published in peer-reviewed journal, BiomedCentral, which states that this type of apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep.
“A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring,” the research says.
Researchers warn that about seven out of 10 persons living with HIV/AIDS experience sleep disturbances.
“Insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome are common disorders seen in the primary care of PLWH,” research says.
The scientists warn that because of the peculiar risks that HIV-positive persons are exposed to, they should not attempt to treat themselves by buying over-the-counter medications.
Rather, the scientists say, people in that category should seek appropriate treatment in hospital.
“Such treatment will improve the quality of life and prevent associated health problems — especially cardiovascular disease, among this high-risk group,” the study concludes.
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