Symptoms of Sleep ApneaYour partner may be more aware of your symptoms than you are. The common signs of the condition are:
- Loud snoring
- Episodes in which you stop breathing
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Dry mouth
- Morning headache
- Loss of concentration
- Fatigue during the day
The Three Types of Sleep ApneaObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common of the three types. When the throat muscles relax during sleep, they obstruct the airway. After a few seconds of not receiving oxygen, the brain signals the body to wake up and breathe. Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain does not send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. The third type of sleep apnea is a combination of OSA and CSA. It is called complex sleep apnea syndrome.
Health Concerns with Sleep ApneaIn addition to the symptoms of the condition which can lower your quality of life – always tired, morning headaches, lack of concentration and more, sleep apnea is also linked with other conditions. Cardiovascular problems, stroke and type 2 diabetes are associated with sleep apnea. Although most people who suffer from sleep apnea are obese, not everyone with the condition is overweight. Studies have shown that people with sleep apnea are at a higher risk for stroke. They are also more likely to have a heart attack. The lifespan of people with sleep apnea may be shorter because of the condition.
Breathe and Sleep SoundlyTreating sleep apnea can improve your quality of life and your partner’s as well. If you are overweight, losing the excess weight will help. If your doctor prescribes a CPAP machine or a nightguard appliance, use it faithfully. Adhering to treatment will help you sleep better and live a healthier life. Schedule a consultation Appointment with Dr. Scott Babin for treatment for your sleep apnea.
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