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What Is Sleep Apnea?

Those suffering from sleep apnea stop breathing while sleeping, sometimes literally hundreds of times, resulting in a loss of oxygen to the brain and body. This is a chronic condition that takes a lot of time to treat. The worst part of sleep apnea? You might not even know you have it. The most obvious signs of occur while sleeping, so unless those around you tell you about it you may not even have a clue.

What is Sleep Apnea?
There are two types of Sleep Apnea, the most common being Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This condition is the result of the airway collapsing or becoming blocked which then causes long pauses or shallow breaths. OSA is most common in those overweight but it can affect anyone.

The other type is called Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). The airway is not blocked, however the brain does not send signals to the muscles to breathe which also causes lack of oxygen to the brain and body.

Both forms of Sleep Apnea disrupt the natural sleep cycle. Lack of oxygen to the brain and body causes a variety of health problems including:

• Diabetes
• Stroke
• Heart failure
• Heart attacks
• Heart palpitations
• Depression

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea include:

• Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
• Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea
• Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep witnessed by another person
• Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
• Morning headache
• Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
• Attention problems

In addition to the illnesses listed above, Sleep Apnea disrupts the natural sleeping process and moves us out of deep sleep to shallow sleep. This will affect you throughout the day and can leave you feeling fatigued and irritable. Treatment for sleep apnea is a long work in process and may require breathing assistance or possible surgery. Call our offices today to learn more on Sleep Apnea and how we can help.

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