Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a relatively serious sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop and start periodically during sleep. Loud snoring is a prominent sign of this condition along with excessive daytime sleepiness, abrupt awakenings during sleep, morning headache, night time sweating, dryness of mouth and decreased libido.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose the condition, a general physician may recommend a sleep specialist who will perform special sleep tests such as polysomnography or home sleep apnea testing for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA TREATED?
For milder cases of obstructive sleep apnea, doctor may recommend lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, losing weight, quitting smoking or alcohol and may recommend against sleeping on your back. Sleep therapies such as positive airway pressure or use of oral mouthpiece may be recommended. Some cases may need surgical intervention.
DID YOU KNOW?
While there may be several types of sleep apnea, the most common is the obstructive sleep apnea which occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep.