What is Sleep Apnea? Symptoms and Treatments for Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is condition when the breathing completely stops for a few seconds up to a minute. The patient does not realize that breathing has stopped. If sleep apnea is not treated it can lead to life threatening conditions. There are many ways to treat sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition when the patient stops breathing. It is an involuntary action and cannot be controlled. The patient does not realize that their breathing has stopped for a short time.

This can happen many times during the sleep cycle without the person being aware.

Symptoms of sleep apnea

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are -
Loud snoring
Awakening with shortness of breath
Extreme sleepiness during the day
Severe headache

If left untreated sleep apnea can result in
High blood pressure
Heart diseases
Weight Gain
Tiredness
Gastric reflux
Dry mouth
Sore throat
Stroke
Diabetes
Stress
Accidents on the road

Types of sleep apnea

There are three types of sleep apnea Obstructive sleep apnea, Central sleep apnea and
Mixed Sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue at the rear end of the throat collapses and blocks the air way.

Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain does not signal the muscles to breathe.

Mixed Sleep Apnea is a combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Image Credit - curemysleepapnea.com

Treatments for sleep apnea

There are many way to treat sleep apnea depending upon the severity of the condition.

Nasal decongestants are effective in cases where there is light snoring and mild sleep apanea.

Poisitonal changes help in mild cases of sleep apnea. Some people have sleep apnea only when lying on their back. Such people should make a conscious effort to sleep on the side and practice sleeping on the side to prevent sleep apnea.

Removal of tonsils and adenoids help to relieve sleep apnea in children.

Oral appliances like mouth guards help to keep the airway open.

Positive airway pressure devices are used to treat sleep apnea. The device has a mask that is worn over the nose and mouth during sleep. The device pumps pressurized air into the sleeper’s throat that helps to keep the airway open.

Image Credit - sleepapea.org

References
sleepapnea.org
WebMd
medicine.net


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author avatar vellur
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Mark Gordon Brown.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Oct 2013 (#)

well explained and thanks fpr sharing this interesting post!

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author avatar vellur
29th Oct 2013 (#)

Fern Mc Costigan thank you.

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author avatar Legend
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Good article and very relevant!

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author avatar vellur
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you, Legend.

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