Sleep apnea obstructive is a condition that causes frequent pauses in breathing during sleep. It usually begins to affect people in middle age, but it can also affect children. The severity of the disorder largely depends on how often someone has episodes of apnea or how long these episodes last when they happen, but other factors like obesity and mouth breathing may be influencing factors.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Obstructive:
Some potential symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include fatigue when waking up in the morning, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, high blood pressure, headaches in the morning, snoring at night that is loud enough to bother others sleeping in the same room, restless sleep with periods of sudden awakenings and nighttime sweating.
Precautions to Prevent:
People with obstructive sleep apnea need to control the symptoms to reduce the harm done to their bodies. The most important way in which they can do this is by losing weight to improve the airflow in the upper airway. They may also want to sleep on their sides, stop mouth breathing when they sleep, and see an ear nose, and throat specialist for help with possible treatment options for greater obstruction that is caused by dental problems or surgical procedures.
Causes of Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage in the airway that prevents breathing from entering or exiting the lungs. Central Sleep Apnea is when your brain does not send messages to the muscles that control the breath, while Mixed Sleep Apnea is a combination of Central and Obstructive Sleep Apneas.
There are several causes of sleep apnea, including:
Excessive alcohol consumption.
Some prescription drug side effects.
Those who suffer from heartburn may experience central sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea can be caused by some medications as well as medical conditions such as heart failure, heart defects, cerebrovascular disease, and high blood pressure.
Treatment Options For Sleep Apnea:
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy is a treatment option for people who have obstructive sleep apnea. It is a therapy where a machine blowing compressed air into a person’s upper airways keeps these open during sleep, ensuring that the individual can get enough oxygen while sleeping. It may be the only option available to some people. In these cases, CPAP therapy can be extremely effective in treating stop snoring and stopping breathing during sleep.
CPAP machines are not perfect for everyone with obstructive sleep apnea. Some patients find them too uncomfortable or bulky while others simply don’t like the noise they make while working. More importantly though, if someone dislikes their CPAP machine, they are less likely to use it. This means sleep apnea may return in some people despite their best efforts to avoid it.
However, you may be able to keep your CPAP machine without feeling uncomfortable or annoyed by it if you choose an adjustable pressure setting model instead of a fixed pressure one. Machines with air pressures that are adjustable are the best because your doctor can customize settings for you until you are comfortable with using the equipment at night when you go to bed. The key is finding the right balance between comfort and effectiveness for each individual person.