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You’ve definitely heard of people passing away while sleeping, but have you ever pondered why? It’s no wonder that many people die while sleeping, given that we spend nearly a quarter of our lives sleeping.
There’s a big difference between dying overnight (especially if you don’t have any other health issues) and dying while unconscious in the late stages of a fatal disease. We must be able to distinguish between the two and know how to deal with them.
According to studies, there are a variety of reasons why people die while sleeping. Here are five causes of death while sleeping, make sure not to take it likely when it happens:
1. Heart failure due to congestive heart failure
Left-sided heart failure affects the right side of the heart fast, causing fluid aggregation in the lungs (leading to shortness of breath, especially while lying down) and peripheral edema (swelling in the feet and legs).
If the heart is overworked, its ability to circulate blood may be compromised. Congestive heart failure should be addressed in all cases before it becomes more serious.
Stroke can also cause death during sleep. If the brainstem is affected by a stroke, respiration, eye-opening, muscular control, and consciousness may be affected.
These strokes can be devastating and can happen while you’re sleeping. To avoid complications, treat all occurrences of stroke as soon as possible.
3. Cardiac arrest
This is one of the reasons why people pass away while sleeping. While sleeping, your heart function may be stressed.
Heart problems tend to have a diurnal rhythm, with problems happening more frequently late at night and approaching waking time. Go to the doctor right away if you suspect you’re suffering a heart attack.
This is another health issue that could lead to death while sleeping. Arrhythmias cause the heart’s contractions to become irregular, too fast, or too slow, impairing the heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently.
While sleeping, arrhythmias are a common cause of death. To rule out any probable causes of arrhythmias, always seek medical help.
5. Respiratory deficiency
The lung is a vital organ that, if injured, can lead to death. Pulmonary disease is often chronic, and its effects can take months to appear. If a crucial threshold is crossed, however, death may follow. Keep your lungs healthy and get medical attention if you have a problem to avoid all of these issues.