Sleep Apnea is a disorder of breathing during sleep. Typically it is accompanied by loud snoring. Apnea during sleep consist of brief periods throughout the night in which breathing stops. People with sleep apnea do not get enough oxygen during sleep. There are 2 major types.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This is the most common type and is due to an obstruction in the throat during sleep. Bed partners notice pauses approx. 10 to 60 seconds between loud snores. The narrowing of the upper airway can be a result of several factors including inherent physical characteristics, excess weight, and alcohol consumption before sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea
This is caused by a delay in the signal form the brain to breath . With both obstructive and central apnea you must wake up briefly to breathe, sometimes hundreds of times during the night. Usually there is no memory of these brief awakenings.
Most Common Symptoms:
-Waking up non refreshed and having trouble staying awake during the day
-Waking up with headaches
-Waking up during the night sometimes with the sensation of choking
-Waking up sweating
Simple Test for Sleep Apnea (Snore Score)
- Are you a loud, habitual snorer, disturbing your bedroom
- Do you feel tired and groggy on awakening?
- Do you experience sleepiness and fatigue during waking hours?
- Are you overweight?
- Have you been observed to choke, gasp or hold your breath during sleep?
If you answer yes to any of the above, you should discuss your symptoms with your physician.
1. The Good Sleep Guide by Michael Van Straten
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