Sleep apnea in a nutshell

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Sleep Apnea is experienced by more than 18 million people in the US and for more all around the globe.

Unfortunately, less than a half knows there are two primary forms of sleep apnea.

Undergoing a diagnosis may help to address the issue more effectively.

It shouldn’t be treated like conventional shaving mistakes, and the concerns are real.

1. Obstructive sleep apnea

This form is common and is caused by the direct interference with the passage of air during the throat muscle relaxation.

Your mouth is normally opened, and the breathing process is supported by muscles like the soft palate, tongue, tonsils, and uvula;

however, the passages are blocked when the throat muscles relax excessively.

The oxygen level drops and the brain wakes you up to restore the oxygen level.

People don’t remember waking up in most cases.

Usually followed with loud snoring.

2. Central sleep apnea

It seems the same as the obstructive form and shares the symptoms, but the root cause is associated with faulty signals from the brain, heart failures, and brainstem disorders.

Repeatedly used medications in large doses (especially some addictive opiates like morphine and codeine) can also be the cause.

The symptoms which differ from the obstructive apnea include shortness of breath that wakes you up (and you will probably remember that), insomnia, and changing your position to sitting upright to resolve breath shortness.

3. Risk factors

Drinking alcohol, smoking, being overweight or diabetic are the conventional reasons and conditions which make the sleep apnea more likely to develop.

However, uneven factors like having a neck circumference greater than 17 or 16 inches for men and women, having high blood pressure, having a larger waist size, or being a black person under the age of 35 may also contribute to the development of sleep apnea.

Life is not fair indeed.

Obviously, males are more likely to develop apnea, and we should just deal with it.

Seek for professional health care if you suffer from sleep apnea, don’t let the complications develop.