Sleep apnea is a disorder in which there are multiple pauses in breathing throughout the night. Apnea literally means “without breath.” The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. An individual suffering from sleep apnea can stop breathing up to 30 times an hour.
The human body and all its vital organs need fresh oxygen to survive. The constant cessation in breathing will therefore deprive the body of much needed oxygen. If you are therefore frequently tired during the day, snore loudly when sleeping, wake up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason, have a dry mouth or are thirsty upon waking, and suffer from a lack of concentration during the day, you should talk to your doctor about scheduling a sleep test. Other signs that you should look for are:
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Sleep apnea is much more than annoying snoring. It is important that you be tested and treated for sleep apnea as this condition can either cause or aggravate instances of obesity, depression, diabetes, stroke, hypertension and erectile dysfunction.
The golden treatment standard for sleep apnea has traditionally been the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device. CPAP, like a blower, pushes air into the air passages as a person breathes. There is a mask connected with straps that goes over an individual’s mouth, nose or both as they sleep. The mask is connected to a tube which is attached to an air machine. The machine pumps a controlled airflow through the tube and to the sleeper. This forced air creates pressure which inflates the collapsed air passages allowing a person with sleep apnea to breathe through the night.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are unable to successfully use your CPAP device, there are other options available to you, such as Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy. The staff at Barber D.M.E. can answer any question that you have on available sleep aids.