What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a sleeping disorder. Sometimes sleep apnea is mispelt as sleep apnia, sleep apena and sleep apnoea. Sleep Apnea and snoring are common breathing problems that can affect your sleep, health, and the quality of your life.
Often Sleep Apnea and snoring come together as a package. They are caused by changes in your upper airway while you sleep. Your airway may narrow. The muscles controlling the upper airway relax during sleep, limiting airflow as you breathe, causing it to vibrate, which is snoring. Or the airway may collapse becoming completely blocked so you temporarily stop breathing.
This collapse in your airway is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and may last for ten seconds or more. This disrupts your natural sleep rhythm.
Sleep Apnea is as common as diabetes and asthma. It is estimated that about 90% of Australians who suffer from it have never been diagnosed.
This apnea can last for at least 10 seconds or more and can happen several hundred times each night. In most cases you would not know it is occurring.
As a result Sleep Apnea places a lot of stress on your brain and heart. Night after night. Also partners may suffer too as the nightly strain to get oxygen and the frequent gasping for air keeps them awake. Yes the snorer or Sleep Apnea sufferer maybe totally unaware of their condition during their sleep, while their sleeping partner suffers during the night.
The sleep apnea symptoms cover a range of sleeping behaviours, ailments, and health conditions. Soem of them include snoring, stop breathing while sleeping, tiredness and fatique, Type 2 Diabetes, and being overweight or obese.
- About 1 in 5 (20%) have Sleep Apnea – compared to about 45% who snore
- 72% of people with Type 2 Diabetes have Sleep Apnea
- 60% of people who had a stroke also had Sleep Apnea
- 73% of people with Congestive Heart Failure have Sleep Apnea
- People who have Sleep Apnea are 6 times more likely to have a car accident
The are several treatment options for sleep apnea after a consultation your doctor and referral to a specialist or sleep clinic. They include various breathing devices like CPAP machines and BPAP machines, losing weight and quit smoking.
This is an informative medical animation video explaining what is sleep apnea. It also covers sleep apnea symptoms and some of the treatment options your doctor may recommend.
Now read about sleep apnea symptoms.
Do you have or had Sleep Apnea? Or have you had been diagnosed and undergone treatment? Please share your story below.