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Sleep Apnea - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder that happens when any person’s breathing and respiratory function is interrupted during sleep. People who are not aware of this illness and live with untreated sleep apnea, stop breathing for several times during their sleep, which sometimes runs to hundreds of times.

When this happens the brain and the rest of the sleep apnea patient’s body do not receive adequate oxygen during their sleep.

Sleep apnea can be classified into two types:

OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea): This is caused by blockage in the airway of the sleep apnea patient, and is more common of the two types. This symptom happens when the soft tissue at the back of the patient’s throat collapses during the sleep.

Central Sleep Apnea: This is a more serious kind of sleep apnea, where the airway is not blocked like in OSA, but the patient’s brain fails to signal the respiratory muscles to breath. This occurs because of instability in the respiratory control center of the patient suffering from this disease.

Sleep apnea can affect anyone, any person of any age, even children. But people who are more at a risk of this disease are:

  • People who are overweight
  • Being male
  • Being over the age of 40
  • Have a large neck size (16 inches or more in women and 17 inches or more for men)
  • Have a large tongue, large tonsils or a noticeably small jaw bone
  • People suffering from GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Nasal obstruction owing to allergies, deviated septum of the nose or sinus problems

Left untreated, this disease can cause a number of serious health problems, which include, stoke, high blood pressure, heart attack, irregular heartbeat, depression, fatigue, diabetes, headaches and even worsening of ADHD symptoms. In addition to this untreated sleep apnea can also bring in poor performance in day to day activities, like in school and office, car accidents, academic failure and underachievement, especially among children and adolescents.

If you have symptoms of this disease, the doctor may ask you to undergo a sleep apnea test, which is also known as polysomnogram. A polysomnogram is a study on sleeping activities. It is a multiple component test that transmits electronically records of sleeping patterns and correlate them with physical activities while you are asleep. These electronic records and data are then analyzed by ‘sleep specialists’ to find out whether you really have sleep apnea or if you are suffering from any other disorder.

Can't be cured, but treatment helps Require medical diagnosis Lab test always required Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Symptoms
Wake up with a very dry or sore throat. Loud snoring. Occasionally waking up with a gasping or choking feeling. Lack of energy or feeling sleepless throughout the day. Feeling sleepy while driving. Restless sleep accompanied by morning headaches. Decreased interest in sex along with forgetfulness, mood changes and insomnia.

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I am in Class XII and have barely any time to sleep. Can I take modalert 100 on my exam days to improve alertness or do I have to take it continuously.

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It’s better to avoid modalert medication on the day of exams and remember you should sleep for a minimum of six hours a day especially during exam

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What test differentiates the central and obstructive sleep apnea and what parameter of the test is used to find out the difference?

Dr. Rahul Bhargava 95% (139 ratings)
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Hello, the test which can differentiate is called sleep study or polysomnography. This can be done both At home or at an hospital. The Hospital one has more parameters and is better but many patients have difficulty in sleeping at a hospital. The one done at home has less parameter but easily done.

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Dr. S.K. Tandon 96% (11842 ratings)
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Low fat diet ,do regular walking. Reduce your weight to 55 kg slowly. Plenty of water. Lot of salad and fruits. Missi roti.
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I am suffering from sleep apnea .I met an ENT specialist .I went PNS test which shows that my left nostril has some blockage due to some increased flesh. He advised me nose surgery. Can I undergo nose surgery. Due to sleep apnea I woke up at night and have dry throat and feel pain in my chest. Kindly advise.

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Dear lybtateuser, - You can undergo surgery as advised by your doctor as it will improve your condition - also reduce weight by diet & exercise as overweight/ obesity also is a factor for sleep apnea.
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