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Sleep Apnea - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea can be classified into two types: Treatment and Diganosis :

What is Sleep Apnea?

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

Treatment and Diganosis :

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.

Popular Questions & Answers

My two years old nephew is suffering from sleep apnea. Is there any treatment from medicine. Please advice me what should I do.

Need to check whether he has a habit of keeping his mouth open while sleeping and also any snoring issues. It's most likely Adenoid hypertrophy, which is a tissue in the nose which becomes enlarged in children, especially those who are allergic. H...
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Hi, I am a patient of sleep apnea so I want to consult with you in this matter. The percentage of AHI is 96 %. Thanking you.

There are 3 treatment for sleep Apnoea. Hold standard and treatment of choice is positive airway pressure i.e. CPAP. 2nd is surgical. 3rd is weight loss. A sleep specialist preferably a broad certified sleep specialist from India or abroad will be...
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I have been suffering from sever sleep apnea and using cpap. Is there any treatment to avoid cpap. Another my problem is high triglycerides in between 400 to 800 as per my food intake it is all of our family history.

1.OSA is not a good thing to have 2. Get PFT and ECG also 3. CPAP or BIPAP are important treatment options 4. Reduce your weight, bring BMI down to 20.
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I am overweight and feel stressed all the time. Have thyroid diabetes hypertension and stressed out and lethargic. I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Please suggest me something for sleep apnea.

You need to get examined and investigated thoroughly by sleep specialist as well as an ENT surgeon to guide you through your problems.

I am having vertigo all day and sleep apnea from last five years. I had done my dns 4 year back but I have still the same problem with the. Breathing specially at. Night.

Sleep apneas needs treatment with overnight PAP therapy, I hope you have been using it, because with it the problem of breathing should get better. Vertigo needs evaluation for the cause.
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