Sleep Apnea and the Link between Covid 19, COPD, Asthma, and Pneumonia

Doctors Explore Link between Covid-19 and Sleep Disorders

Coronvirus Deaths Link to Pneumonia

While some doctors have even spoken out against the strict measures enacted as a knee-jerk reaction to the Covid outbreak, saying it was doing more harm than good, one thing’s for certain, in the actual people who have died, the un-elected experts have determined pneumonia played the largest role in Covid 19 deaths.

Or maybe they just started marking down pneumonia deaths as Covid 19 deaths. After all, even motorcycle crash accidents have been labeled as being killed by coronavirus.

Now consider that the Canadian Medical Association Journal said “sleep apnea confers a higher risk for future pneumonia” and you’ll start to see how eliminating your snoring problem and/or sleep apnea is more important than ever.

pneumonia fluid in lungs

One of the biggest risk factors for Covid 19 pneumonia was asthma and other respiratory problems. Now consider the additional link with sleep apnea:

* People with asthma are 40% more likely to develop sleep apnea

* The risk of people with sleep apnea to develop pneumonia is 9% higher than normal, and the risk of pneumonia was higher in patients that used CPAP

* COPD and emphysema, while not known to be caused by sleep apnea, can also make breathing that much more difficult in those who have several of the conditions at the same time.

covid 19 pneumonia death link to sleep apneaIt’s what I’ve been sayin for years: maybe when it comes to your snoring problem, using a CPAP, which is essentially a machine with a tube that forces constant air pressure down your nose or throat at night for 7 – 9 hours every night for the foreseeable future- might not be the best option.

Considering the recent hoopla over the Covid 19 coronavirus “pandemic”, some news has emerged which has painted the practice of putting patients on ventilators as being potentially fatal in itself. Without going into the debate or picking a side, I will share an interesting quote that I skimmed from the doctor being interviewed in the article:

Ventilators do have side effects. Because a machine is breathing for them, patients often experience a weakening of their diaphragm and all the other muscles involved with drawing breath… When all these muscles become weaker, it becomes more difficult for you to breathe on your own when you’re ready to be liberated from the ventilator,” Chaddha said.

Maybe a Breathing Tube is Not a Solution After All

cpap patients higher pneumonia riskMy opinion has always been, if you can solve a problem on the lowest level, then that is usually the best option.

Doctors have expressed that most of sleep apnea and snoring patients are overweight and not active enough. This is how the neck and throat tissue can become heavier and constrict airflow during sleep.

Read this article if you don’t believe me: Weight loss, breathing devices still best for treating obstructive sleep apnea.

And so while my videos on YouTube about snoring have been hammered hard over the last 3 years by commenters for daring to suggest that people should first exercise, lose weight, and avoid any type of mechanical device that shoots air down your throat (which you’re expected to use every night) until you just absolutely have to- I still believe those are necessary steps to be taken along the way in any case.

stop snoring mouthpiece deviceThat’s also why I recommended a couple of great OTC, FDA-cleared devices for snoring on this website, and recommend sleep apnea patients explore mouthpieces first with their doctors before thinking a CPAP is the only option.

Reducing Risk Seems to Be Key in Avoiding Deadly Pneumonia

Pneumonia seems to be one of the biggest factors to Covid 19 deaths (according to their statistics), and if nothing else, reducing one’s risk to pneumonia should be a priority among people with respiratory problems as soon as possible, because it’s not uncommon to die from the common cold if you have many other complicating factors.

This is not medical advice, just one guy’s opinion. My goal is to simply share information which I found interesting and hopefully useful to others.