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Sleep Apnea


Sleeping is the process on which the physical condition of the body depends, also whether we will have enough energy for the whole day after waking up. This is the reason why nothing during it should interfere. Unfortunately, some people suffer from sleep apnea that worsens the quality of slumber. And putting up with it is not the way out even if the problem seems to be minor. In fact, it can have far more unpleasant outcomes than you can think about. So, first, it is needed to distinguish sleep apnea symptoms to know if you have some disorders.

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Signs of sleep apnea.

There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive (overlap of the upper respiratory tract due to muscle relaxation), central (lack of brain signals to the muscles), and complex (combination of two previous kinds). Each of them has particular symptoms. However, some features for sleep apnea are common:

  • Excessive drowsiness during the day
  • Irritability, headache, dry mouth in the morning
  • Insomnia, long fall asleep
  • Difficulty concentrating on something
  • Snoring, stopping breathing during sleep
  • Sharp short-term awakening at night

The presence of several sleep apnea symptoms is a reason to consult a doctor for confirming or refuting speculation. Anyway, that is better than waiting for the automatic solving of the problem.

What causes sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea diagnosis doesn’t occur on its own, there root causes must exist. When relaxed muscles interrupt the airways, the body cannot get enough oxygen, so the brain awakens the body to restore breathing. With central and complex types of sleep apnea, the organism does not receive the instructions from the brain to breathe properly and therefore a person falls asleep heavily and wakes up with shortness of breath.

These processes are common for people with enlarged tonsils, overweight (fat deposits accumulate on the neck that is not good), heart or kidney failure with fluid present in the neck. Those who have disorders of the endocrine system are at risk too. Given this list of possible disorders, it is needed to undergo a comprehensive examination to identify what causes sleep apnea. After all, it is impossible to cure something without knowing the initial source of the problem.

Treatment for sleep apnea.

Treatment for sleep apnea.

Treatment for sleep apnea.

There is a way of checking if you have a sleep apnea diagnosis. Doctors name it polysomnography that means the procedure of recording the physical activity during sleeping. The study requires two nights for right elevation. The effective method of curing is Constant Positive Airway Pressure, CPAP-therapy in other words. A patient wears a mask, the device regulates pressure through the mask, so it improves the quality of sleeping, prevents the emergence of complications.

When you already know what sleep apnea is, that is easier to solve the problem by choosing the way of treatment. Sometimes people need surgical intervention. That is also important to remember about healthy habits such as doing sports, balanced nutrition, and abstinence from alcohol and tobacco. Insanely, it will help not only to cure but also to avoid the signs of sleep apnea in the future.

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