Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the upper airway becomes partly or completely blocked when sleeping. This would make the person stop breathing for a brief moment in their sleep. Breathing would resume after a loud gasp this could lead to disturbed sleep which would cause daytime fatigue. Dry mouth, headaches and snoring would be other signs of this disorder.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is usually carried out with the help of a physical evaluation using a procedure called polysomnography which monitors the various organs and areas of the body including the heart, the lungs and others.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA TREATED?
Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills could be advised. Nasal sprays to relieve congestions or sinus might be prescribed. In some cases surgery to remove any blocks such as extra tissue in the nose and throat could be performed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not a serious condition, it can get worse with time causing sudden periods of breathing obstructions in the nasal passage.