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Sleep Apnea Disorder

Fri, May 22, 2009

Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnea is a severe disorder when your breathing stops frequently while you asleep. These stoppages of breathing or “apneas” typically last 10 to 30 seconds. They can occur many times throughout the night. If sleep apnea is left untreated it can lead to severe health problems, nightly accidents, or premature death.

 

Watch Video:   How Sleep Apnea Occurs  

 

Types of sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It happens when the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep. Most frequently, the blockage of airways happens when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and closes the throat during the night. Another blockage happens when throat muscles are relaxed, and there is only a narrow airway in place. At this time, a large tongue or abnormal tissue in the throat can also block the airway.

Central apnea and mixed apnea are other types of sleep apnea, but are uncommon. In case of central sleep apnea there is a part of the brain, which controls our breathing mechanism, doesn’t work appropriately.

 

How do you know if have sleep apnea?

The following symptoms can give you an indication of having sleep apnea:

 

Snoring, which is followed by silent pauses, as well as a daytime sleepiness are strong signs that you might possess sleep apnea disorder. In addition, you could feel abnormally tired and sleepy during the working hours due to your sleep being disrupted throughout the night. You could even fall asleep at the wrong time of the day, for example, while at work or while driving. Sleep apnea is common sleep disorder. It affects men, women, and children of all ages, however, majority of people don’t realize they have this type of disorder.

 

If you experience any sleep apnea signs and/or symptoms, daytime sleepiness, or even slight concerns about sleep apnea, the you need to test yourself with a SleepStrip, then consult a doctor.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Family members or bed partners often notice the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea first. Many people with sleep apnea usually do not know whether or not they’re snoring and out of breath during the night. If you have any of the following signs, conduct sleep apnea test on yourself, then see a doctor:

  • Sleepiness during daytime
  • Silent time periods preceded by loud snoring
  • Short of breath or choking during sleep
  • Headache in the morning
  • Frequent mood changes, irritability or agitation
  • Lack of concentration or loss of memory
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Falling asleep behind steering wheel  

The devastating effects of the lack of sleep

If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can initiate severe health problems, as follows:

  • Extensive daytime sleepiness
  • Reduced intellectual abilities
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of memory
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart problems, which can provoke heart failures and strokes

 

Other health problems that have been caused by sleep apnea, can lead to termination of employment, as well as marriage or relationship break-up. Clinical research shows that untreated sleep apnea is also responsible for permanent memory loss and dementia, especially observed in the elderly people. Sleep apnea is also responsible for some of the car accidents, as well as for industrial accidents due to the sleepiness it causes during daytime.

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  1. Jim Says:

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