Sleep apnea often results in daytime fatigue, sleepiness, lack of concentration and dozing off during the day.
This can obviously be a big problem for working individuals, because these side effects of sleep apnea can reduce work productivity, increase chances for accidents at work and can even cause you to lose your job!
If you don’t have your sleep apnea under control, chances are great that it will eventually affect your work. And if you do shift work, it’s even worse, because studies have shown that shift work can aggravate sleep apnea.
■ Studies Linking Shift Work and Sleep Apnea
○ Study 1: Shift Work May Cause Swell in Sleep Apnea Symptoms
According to a study published on SleepEducation.org, the symptoms of untreated obstructive sleep apnea may be worse for shift workers.
The study compared a group of 31 shift workers to ten daytime workers. Members in both groups were previously diagnosed with sleep apnea and had similar ages, weights and sleep lengths.
Daytime and night time polysomnograph results show that the shift workers had more frequent breathing pauses in breathing and higher oxygen desaturation levels. Both measures show that shift workers had more severe symptoms of sleep apnea.
○ Study 2: Night-Shift Work Induces Apnea Events in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients
Another study published on the NCBI website aimed at determining the direct effect of night-work on the occurrence of obstructive apneas during sleep after a night shift in fast-rotating shift workers with sleep-related breathing disorders.
Eight obstructive sleep apnea patients were examined with the use of a polysomnograph during sleep under two conditions: after day-shift work and after night-shift work. Both sleep studies were conducted within 2 to 3 weeks of each other.
In four of the 8 subjects, during sleep after a night-shift, an increase in apnea/hypopnea index was found.
Night work significantly increased several breathing variables: total duration of obstructive apneas during REM sleep, mean duration of obstructive apneas during arousal, and apnea index during arousal.
Conclusion: In a subpopulation of sleep apnea patients, acute sleep deprivation may worsen obstructive sleep apnea index.
With these factors, many with sleep apnea have difficulty finding the right kind of employment for them. Fortunately, a home-based business is an option that can be used to make money while living with sleep apnea.
This offers a chance to work and earn an income, while still allowing people to control their time and even rest as needed.
■ What Kind of Home-Based Business Should I Start?
There are many different options that can be ventured into when starting a home-based business. Many who suffer from sleep apnea want to know if there is a specific type of business that they should go into.
There are no hard rules when it comes to working from home. Typically, those who venture into this will check their skills and talents to see if they can be channeled into a home-based business.
The same can be done by people affected by sleep apnea. Take the time to think about what you are good at, and how you can use that to earn money.
Before starting off remember that there are two main types of home based business that can be done, these are:
- Online business, and
- Offline business
■ Online Business Ideas for Sleep Apnea Sufferers
Online home-based businesses are those which are done mainly through the use of the internet and eCommerce. This will include selling items online, offering telecommute services and or having a website through which products and services are channeled.
Many people who have their own products opt to sell them online rather than in a store, making it a good chance for online business.
There are also many opportunities for an online-home-based business for those who have knowledge in areas like the following:
- Website creation
- Graphic design
- Affiliate Marketing
- Online Marketing
- Virtual Assistance
- Legal Transcription Services
- Medical Transcription Services
- Translation Services
- Call Center Services
- Tech Support Services
■ Offline Business Ideas for Sleep Apnea Sufferers
On the other hand, an offline home-based business involves offering products or services directly to people.
For example someone who is good at housekeeping can offer a cleaning service, or a person who loves to take photos may consider starting a professional photography business.
Some offline businesses that can be considered include:
- Consultancy for an area of expertise
- Teaching dance, music and other skills
- Fitness Instructor
- Events/ Party Organizer
- Handyman Services
■ Wrapping Up:
Sleep apnea and daytime fatigue do NOT have to prevent you from earning a good income. In fact, with the explosion of online opportunities these days, it’s possible for you to make an excellent income while working from home.
If you’re interested in learning how to make money online, please look at the infographic below that shows 200 ways to make money from the Internet: