Sleep Apnea is one such disorder that is not only a reason to worry for the one who is suffering, it is also a significant cause of discomfort for people who live with them.
Surgery may also be an option if Sleep Apnea is thought to be the result of a physical problem that can be corrected surgically, such as an unusual inner neck structure, or a fleshy flap.
Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which an affected person has one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while they are asleep.
Sleep apnea usually is a chronic condition that disrupts sleep. When breathing pauses or becomes shallow, the affected person may move from deep sleep to light sleep.
There are two broad types of Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a relatively common condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing. This may lead to regularly interrupted sleep.
There are two types of breathing interruption characteristic of OSA:
In Central Sleep Apnea, breathing is disrupted regularly during sleep because of the way the brain functions. Central Sleep Apnea is often associated with other conditions.
Central Sleep Apnea can be kept under control by
Risk factors of Sleep Apnea include:
Continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) uses a machine to help a person who has Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) breathe more easily during sleep. It increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway doesn't collapse.