UARS is caused by a flow limitation or blockage of air in the nasal passages during sleep. It is important to note that individuals with UARS can present with identical symptoms to individuals with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).
Low blood pressure
Lightheadedness when standing up rapidly
Sleep onset insomnia
Raynaud's phenomenon or Raynoud's Disease
*People that suffer with UARS can be young thin individuals that have chronic fatigue, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and dizziness upon standing
UARS patients frequently progress into OSA later in life. For women, this can occur after menopause when progesterone levels drop. This is thought to participate in the protective upper airway reflexes prior to menopause.
There is an association with increased stress levels and decreased function of the gastrointestinal system and reproductive organs as well as other body systems.
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