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What You Need To Know About Sleep Apnea

July 14, 2011

Sleep Apnea is a very prevalent health problem in the United States today. In fact, 25% of adults are at risk for Sleep Apnea. Normally when sleeping, air travels regularly through the throat and lungs. Sleep Apnea occurs when air flow periodically stops or is diminished.

Causes of Sleep Apnea:There are two main types of Sleep Apnea. The first, and more common, is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when air flow is interrupted because of the narrowing or closure of the throat. The second type is called Central Sleep Apnea. Central Sleep Apnea is caused by a change of breathing control and rhythm in the brain center. Below are some of the common causes of Sleep Apnea.

  • Obesity
  • Small upper airway
  • Advancing Age
  • Male Gender

Symptoms should be examined by a physician as soon as they are noticed. The following are all possible symptoms of both types of Sleep Apnea.

Symptoms:

  • Snoring
  • Fatigue
  • Gasping for air in the middle of the night
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up frequently to urinate
  • Waking up feeling unrested

If you begin to notice symptoms and do not see a physician soon after, there are various long-term consequences that can occur.

Long-Term Consequences:

These consequences should not be taken lightly. There are various treatments and suggestions that can help improve Sleep Apnea.

Treatments

  • CPAP Device (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask that is worn to open airways
  • Alcohol & sedative avoidance
  • Adjusting sleep positions
  • Weight loss

Sleep Apnea is a predominant issue within the United States that should be examined by adults, especially considering 25% are at risk. However, with the proper steps taken to avoid it, or treatments after the fact, Sleep Apnea can be managed and controlled. 

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