By Ariel A,
Sleep apnea is when your breathing stops during the night. It may happen hundreds of times a night, although you may not be aware of it. Your breathing may stop for a couple of different reasons. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which is when your airway closes at night because the muscles that hold it open relax. Your airway then basically hangs on your jaw, and if your jaw isn’t in the right position, it will close.
Usually, obstructive sleep apnea is often associated with snoring. Some people may have both types of sleep apnea. The other type is central sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain stops sending signals that tell your body to breathe. We do not know why this happens.
In addition, sleep apnea is dangerous because it affects your body and brain. When your breathing stops, your brain senses a lack of oxygen and awakens partially to restart breathing. Your heart also responds to the lack of oxygen by pumping faster and harder. The effects of sleep apnea can put you at increased risk for a variety of health disorders. The combination of lack of sleep and cardiovascular strain may include heart attack, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and stroke. Some people may feel daytime sleepiness and chronic fatigue. Also, people may feel asleep during work or driving, lack of concentration, loss of motivation, depression and other mood disorders. If you suffer from some or all of these conditions, you may have sleep apnea. You should talk to your doctor about the symptoms, and the doctor will refer you to a sleep clinic for diagnosis and help you find the best treatment option for you.
One of the most preferable options for sleep apnea treatment is CPAP. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a treatment that uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open. CPAP is typically used by people who have breathing problems, such as sleep apnea. CPAP reduces work of breathing and improves quality of sleep. CPAP treatment is less invasive than ventilator therapy. CPAP increases alveolar pressure and causes alveolar recruitment. CPAP is the most often prescribed treatment option. It consists of a mask and air pump arrangement that fills your airway and lungs. CPAP can work very well, and this treatment option is currently available for central sleep apnea. CPAP has many benefits. It can keep your airway open while you sleep. CPAP may help to correct snoring so others in your house can sleep. In addition, CPAP can relieve sleep apnea symptoms, such as excessive daytime sleepiness and chronic fatigue. Also, it can decrease or prevent high blood pressure. Many people who use CPAP report that they feeling better once they begin treatment. People feel more attentive and better to work during the day. Moreover, people report increased concentration, motivation and improvement in mood disorders.