Sleep Apnea

43 Sleep Apnea 12-04-2016

 

Sleep apnea

 

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person’s breathing can be interrupted while they are asleep. People who experience sleep apnea tend to stop breathing during their sleep which results in less oxygen reaching the brain and the rest of the body. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to other health issues like:
•High blood pressure
• Headaches
• Diabetes
• Irregular heartbeats which may lead to heart attacks and heart failure
• Stroke
• Depression

 

There are two types of sleep apnea, namely:
• Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This type of sleep apnea is very common. OSA is caused by a blockage of the airway which usually occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses while a person is asleep

• Central sleep apnea: In this form of sleep apnea, the brain fails to send signals to muscles which helps one breathe, due to the instability of the control center of the respiratory system

 

Symptoms

 

Those who suffer from sleep apnea usually show symptoms including:
• Waking up with a severely dry or sore throat
• Snoring loudly
• Waking up with a gasping or choking sensation
• Drowsiness and less energy during the day
• Headaches in the morning
• Restless sleep
• Mood changes and forgetfulness
• Waking up repeatedly
• Insomnia

 

Management

 

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that needs to be treated as soon as possible. Lifestyle changes can help in managing sleep apnea. Integrated medical approaches to cure sleep apnea are also available and are fairly easy.
Some home remedies to manage mild cases of sleep apnea include:
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Avoiding consumption of alcohol
• Avoiding the use of sleeping pills
• Changing positions while sleeping in order to improve breathing
• Not sleeping on your back
• Avoiding or reducing smoking

 

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