Problems with Sleep Disorders

By Kimmy L.

Sleep apnea, one of the most common problems in sleeping disorders goes undiagnosed in which doctors usually cannot detect the condition during routine office visits. No one usually knows when sleep apnea happens during sleep in where a family member or bed partner may be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea. The most common one is called obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is when the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or becomes blocked during sleep. This means when you are trying to sleep, the air that is in your system can cause loud snoring. The obstructive sleep apnea occurs mostly in overweight people, but in many cases people who have enlarged tonsil tissues may have it too.

Central sleep apnea is a less common type of sleep apnea. This occurs when your brain(the area in which it occurs) doesn’t send the right signals to your breathing muscles. As a result, there is no effort to breathe for brief periods of time. Central sleep apnea can affect anyone, but it is more common in people who have certain medical conditions or use certain medicines. Central sleep apnea can occur with obstructive sleep apnea or alone. This means that snoring doesn’t typically occur with central sleep apnea.

The outlook with untreated sleep apnea is that it increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. It increases the risk, or worsen heart failure. It also makes arrhythmiasor irregular heartbeats that are more likely to increase the chance of having work related or driving accidents.

In total, sleep apnea is a chronic condition that requires long term management. This means that lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery and breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea in many people. Even though with sleep, there are episodes of no breathing, abnormal breathing pattern, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia,nightmares, sleep deprivation or snoring.

With the rest of the problems with sleep apnea which causes breathing problems through the mouth, loud breathing or shallow breathing. The common thing that you can have is depression, dry mouth, dry throat, fatigue, headache, mood swings, teeth grinding or weight gain.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. This means that you may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep. Also obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form that occurs when throat muscles relax. The other one is central sleep apnea which occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control the breathing. The major one that occurs is complex sleep apnea syndrome (treatment, emergent central sleep apnea) which occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Even though sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder, it can be treated by using a continuous positive airway pressure. Another treatment is airway management. You can go to a primary care provider, get some sleep medication and a respiratory therapist.

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