Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder. Individuals with sleep apnea stop breathing for ten to thirty seconds at a time as they’re sleeping. The brief pauses in breathing may occur up to 400 times each night. If you’re experiencing sleep apnea, spans of not breathing may disturb your sleep.

Will this issue change my life?

Sleep apnea actually already may have affected you more than you know. Odds are things are going to improve for you as a diagnosis is made and you begin treatment. Whatever the treatment, keep in mind that you aren’t alone and assistance is available.

How will I know if I have this sleeping disorder?

Because several common apnea symptoms happen as you are sleeping, your bed partner might first notice it. You, or that individual, might notice lengthy pauses within your breathing while sleeping or heavy snoring.

Even if you do not recall waking within the night, you might notice daytime drowsiness (like falling asleep while working, when driving or while talking), fatigue or irritability. You also may have headaches in the morning, mood changes, forgetfulness, and reduced interest in sexual intercourse.

What are the causes of sleep apnea?

There will include two types of sleep apnea: central apnea and obstructive apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea includes the most typical type. Nine of ten individuals with sleep apnea experience this kind of apnea.

If you possess obstructive apnea, there is an obstruction blocking your airway which brings air inside the body. As you attempt to breathe, you cannot get enough air due to the obstruction

The airway may be obstructed by your tonsils, tongue, or uvula (tiny piece of flesh which hangs down within the back of the throat).It also might be obstructed by a massive amount of fatty tissue inside your throat or by throat muscles which have become relaxed.

Central sleep apnea is less common. Such sleep apnea is associated with the function of your central nervous system. If you possess this sort of apnea, the muscles used to breathe do not get the ‘go-ahead’sign from the brain. Either your brain does not send the signal, or it becomes interrupted.

How sleep apnea is diagnosed

The doctor has the ability to diagnose sleep apnea. She or he might ask you if you feel sleepy or tired during the daytime. The doctor also may want to know how well you sleep and your bedtime habits. The doctor might ask you to attend a sleep disorder clinic for a sleep study.

Exams performed at the sleep disorder clinic might reveal what type of sleep apnea you have. Also, you might have to take some equipment home to conduct your sleep study there.

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