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Must Know about Sleep Apnea

Most who suffered from this kind of illness are male over 65, allergies, smoking, overweight and also those who have had a brainstem or spinal injury or have had neurological disease.

Most of person with this kind of illness don’t know they have it because it only happens during sleep, a bed partner or a family member maybe the first to become aware of this. As an outcome, the condition of your sleep is poor, that makes you exhausted during the day.

Common symptoms include:

  • Morning headaches
  • Sleepiness while driving
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Restless sleep
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood changes
  • Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
  • Waking up with a very dry or sore throat
  • Loud snoring

Three main types:

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

  • This is the most common type of sleep apnea. The air passage in the throat is jammed for the meantime. You often wakes up catching for air. Approximately 85% cases of Obstructive sleep apnea accounts. This is more common in people who are overweight but can affect almost everyone.

Central sleep apnea (CSA)

  • Is a less common form because the brain does not tell your muscles to breathe and you’ll make no effort to breathe for brief periods. This illness is more common in people with strokes and heart problems.

Complex or mixed sleep apnea

  • This is a combination of Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Central sleep apnea (CSA).

If you have this kind of illness, you should change your lifestyle which can lessen the condition such as losing weight, reducing reliance on sleeping pills and alcohol and stopping smoking. Other treatment is to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP). It requires using a mask during the night which produces air pressure to keep the air passage open.