Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing is an ordinary disorder that can be serious. In this disorder, you're breathing pauses a number of times while sleeping. Typically, there is a loud snort or a choking sound when normal breathing starts again. Patients with this disorder often snore so loud. On the other hand not all people who snore have this kind of sleeping disorder. Usually, sleep apnea is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disturbs your sleep 3 or more nights every week. When breathing gaps happen during sleeping, deep sleep is shifted to shallow sleep. This will cause a poor quality sleep which will cause you less energy and makes you exhausted during the day. That is why people having problem have a high risk for accident such as car crashes, other work related accidents and other medical problems.
The most familiar type of sleeping disorder is the snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. In this, your airway has collapsed or blocked during sleep and you are not able to acquire sufficient amount of air. When that occurs, the oxygen in your blood may drop. Anyone can have obstructive sleep apnea. And people who are overweight are more often to have this disorder. Usually, this disorder is not diagnosed. Physicians often can't detect the condition during normal clinic visits. There are no any blood tests for this condition. Sleep apnea occurs only during sleep. That is why most patients don't usually know that they have the disorder. When this condition has not given any medical attention it could result to increase risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, obesity, diabetes and stroke and gives a bigger chance of driving or work related accidents. Patient with seep apnea is usually advised to sleep on a side lying position. This condition keeps the airway open, surgery, and may consider the use of breathing devices that can help for more successful treatment.
Published on May 1, 2010
Usually, sleep apnea is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disturbs your sleep 3 or more nights every week. When breathing gaps happen durin...