The body has an incredible way of slipping itself into automatic and doing things that you may well be ignorant and oblivious to: sleep is a perfect example of this. Your heart brain and lungs work in perfect unison when you close your eyes at night, pushing air and blood silently around your system. The danger is though, it’s a healthy body that does this, obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle can chuck a spanner into the works and should any of this automated system become blocked, it places a big strain on the system as it tries hard to adjust- now you are running the gauntlet of sleep apnea…and it’s a killer in central Leeds. Over a long period of imbalance, the stresses of the system will become too much and it’s normally the heart that gives up first. A blockage to the air taken in through your mouth can cause the breathing to literally halt for up to 30 seconds and though you may be blissfully unaware whilst you sleep, the heart and brain panics- ‘where’s my air and blood?!!’ and then they have to put in an extra shift to fire you up again. In time, it your breathing will then become adjusted to this and you will soon be breathing to this new stressful regime during the day too: all the time, your heart will become overworked and fail. You will also find yourself moody and fatigued. Only by seeing your dentist and doctor will you be able to undergo monitored sleep therapy and be able to tackle the problem. The scary thing is though being able to identify it in the first place.