Sleep Apnea: What You Need To Know About This Sleep Disorder

Sleep apnea is one of the sleep disorders that might affect your everyday routine

The sleep disorder called sleep apnea happens when your breathing repeatedly stops and starts, and there are three main types.

People around the globe are experiencing different sleep disorders such as Sleep Paralysis, Sleepwalking, Narcolepsy, and others that affect their everyday routines. Some have managed to handle this on their own but some chose to seek professional help to address their problem.

Based on the article in Mayo Clinic, this sleep disorder can be potentially serious. Most likely you have this disorder if you snore loudly and even after a full night’s sleep, you still feel tired. However, not everyone who has sleep apnea snores.

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Among the symptoms that you should take note are loud snoring, episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep (reported by another person), gasping for air during sleep, awakening with a dry mouth, morning headache, difficulty staying asleep (insomnia), excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia), difficulty paying attention while awake, and irritability.


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – It is the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax and block the flow of air into the lungs.

Central sleep apnea (CSA) – This occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Treatment-emergent central sleep apnea – It is also known as a complex kind of this sleep disorder and this happens when someone has OSA (diagnosed with a sleep study) and this becomes CSA when receiving therapy for OSA.

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of this sleep disorder. This can affect anyone, even children but some factors can increase the risk such as excess weight, neck circumference, narrowed airway, being male, being older, family history, use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers, smoking, nasal congestion, and medical conditions.

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