Sleep Apnea - What Is It? Why Is It So Serious?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep. These interruptions, known as apneas, can lead to disrupted sleep patterns, reduced oxygen levels in the blood, and a range of health issues. There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). Let’s explore each aspect you mentioned in more detail:

Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Watch this video.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The symptoms of sleep apnea can vary in severity, but some common signs include: Loud snoring, Pauses in breathing during sleep, often observed by a partner, Excessive daytime sleepiness, Morning headaches, Difficulty concentrating, Irritability, Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This is the more common form of sleep apnea, typically caused by the relaxation of throat muscles during sleep, which leads to the blocking of the airway. Factors that can contribute to OSA include obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, genetic predisposition, and certain anatomical factors like a thick neck or a narrow airway.

Central Sleep Apnea

This type of sleep apnea is caused by a failure of the brain to transmit the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. It’s less common and is often associated with certain medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, neurological disorders, or the use of certain medications.

Solutions To Sleep Apnea

Mandibular Devices

Mandibular Device Dr Hafsa

Some people with mild to moderate OSA may benefit from wearing a dental device that repositions the lower jaw and tongue to keep the airway open.

How A Mandibular Device Works To Solve Snoring

Lifestyle Changes

Sleep Apnea Lifestyle Change

For mild cases, lifestyle changes can be effective. These include losing weight if overweight, avoiding alcohol and sedatives before bedtime, quitting smoking, and adopting a regular sleep schedule.

CPAP Machines

CPAP machine

This is a common treatment for moderate to severe OSA. A CPAP machine delivers a constant flow of air through a mask, keeping the airway open during sleep.

What’s The Next Step?


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