Basically Sleep-Disordered Breathing defines various kinds of respiratory problems that are associated with breathing patterns when one sleeps. These also include apnea and hypopnea. In some cases patients would stop breathing for a few seconds before starting again. In others they have trouble in breathing because of some obstruction in the nasal passage that leads to snoring.
HOW IS SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING DIAGNOSED?
A Pulmonologist/General Physician diagnoses Sleep-Disordered Breathing by conducting a Nocturnal Polysomnography test and Home Sleep tests to measure the heart rate, blood oxygen level and breathing patterns.
HOW IS SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING TREATED?
The treatment depends on the kind of Sleep-Disordered Breathing. External devices and special pillows are used here. Besides this, one may be given Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and asked to change sleeping positions. Medications to ease the sleeping patterns are also given in some cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
The effects of this disorder can create risks of cardiac arrest or stroke.