What is the main cause of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of your airway during sleep, which causes you to stop breathing for periods at a time. This can happen as many as 30 times per hour. The most common cause for this blockage are enlarged tonsils or adenoids that become swollen and obstruct the air passage into your lungs, but it’s also possible that some structural abnormalities in your throat may be blocking airflow too. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea without an obvious physical reason, then there could be another underlying medical condition causing it such as heart disease or high blood pressure.
What are the 3 types of Sleep Apnea?
There are three different types: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (CSA), Mixed OSA/ CSA
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, gasping for air, awakening with a choking or wheezing sound, morning headaches or dry mouth. People who are more likely to get sleep apnea includes adults over age 40 who are overweight and people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Who is more likely to get sleep apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is when the muscles in the back of throat relax during sleep causing soft tissues like tongue and throat tissue to partially block the passage of air into your lungs while you’re sleeping at night. This can prevent oxygen from flowing into your bloodstream which may lead to symptoms such as daytime breathlessness caused by low levels of oxygen in blood (known also as hypoxia), poor concentration levels due to interrupted deep-sleep stages, increased risk of cardiovascular problems like stroke and heart disease because insufficient breathing restricts blood flow returning from body parts below stomach level (below diaphragm) leading to narrowing/blockage called atherosclerosis which reduces artery size leading them not able to deliver enough nutrients eg sugar etc…to cells that need it but instead cause chronic high pressure on arteries supplying brain leading these cells not getting sufficient nutrition thus increasing chances they might die off creating what doctors call “brain attack” or stroke where if left untreated can result in permanent disabilities including death. Continuous positive airway pressure is a treatment technique used by health care professionals where they use an apparatus called CPAP machine which helps keep nasal passages open so one could breathe properly while asleep meaning there’s no obstruction restricting airflow past vocal cords resulting in someone being able have deep uninterrupted slumber without any interruption caused by noises coming out their nose during respiration
How does C-PAP work and how long should it be used for?
The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device is a mechanical treatment that boosts the air pressure in order to keep an individual’s airways open during sleep, which can help with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. In most cases, CPAP devices are recommended for those who suffer from severe obstructive sleep apnea and have been unsuccessful with lifestyle changes or other treatments such as positional therapy.
Can people with certain health conditions use CPAPs or will they worsen their condition
There are certain health conditions that make it dangerous for someone to use a CPAP machine- this includes obesity, congestive heart failure, asthma/emphysema/chronic bronchitis; chronic lung disease; snoring loudly due to enlarged tongue or tonsils; nasal blockage (nasal polyps); severe high blood pressure (hypertension); emphysema; pneumothorax or recent surgery on the nose and sinuses within 4 weeks of starting CPAP therapy.