Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder and affects roughly 20 millions of Americans. Sleep apnea is defined when a person stops breathing periodically while sleeping. These cessations in breathing can occur anywhere from a few times a night up to hundred of times a night. When someone stops breathing while sleeping, they are partially awakened from sleep, as the brain is forced out of deeper stages of sleeping to get the body to begin breathing again. If you are suffering from snoring or sleep apnea symptoms, the SnoreRX is a helpful device to avoid snoring and improves your breathing.
Here are the three types of sleep apnea and its symptoms
Obstructive sleep apnea
This is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it affects approximately 4% of men and 2% of women. Obstructive sleep apnea symptoms are typically caused by a complete or partial blockage of the airways during sleep. While sleeping, a person’s throat muscles relax allowing the tongue to fall back into the airways and blocking airflow. The air is being restricted from moving beyond the obstruction reducing blood flow to the brain. This process is often followed by a loud gasping, snorting or choking sounds as the person takes a deep breath to fight past the obstruction.
- Mild OSA: From 5 to 14 episodes of interruptions while breathing in an hour
- Moderate OSA: From 15 to 30 episodes of interruptions while breathing in an hour
- Severe OSA: 30 or more interruptions while breathing in an hour
What are the risk factors and causes of obstructive sleep apnea?
- Being overweight
- Enlarged tonsils
- Natura causes
- Frequent alcohol use
Another symptom of obstructive sleep apnea
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Depression or irritability
- Restless sleep
Central sleep apnea
This problem can occur when the brain temporarily fails to signal the muscles responsible for controlling breathing. However, central sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea and is commonly caused by medical issues and conditions that affect the brainstem. These are the common symptoms of central sleep apnea:
- Stop breathing or irregular breathing while sleeping
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic fatigue
- Morning headache
- Restless sleep
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Mood changes
Conditions that can cause central sleep apnea
- Parkinson disease
- Medical conditions that affect the brain stem
- Heart failure
Complex sleep apnea
Mixed or complex sleep apnea is usually a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea symptoms. Treatment options for complex sleep apnea are CPAP devices, but set it at the lowest pressure setting to successfully keep the airways free from obstructions.
Snoring is a very common symptom, and for that, you will need to visit a doctor to examine you and to diagnose any health risks you might face because at this disease. If you feel that you might have any of these symptoms, it is recommended to see a doctor first instead of medicating yourself making everything worse. This video will explain you in detail what are the things that cause sleep apnea, and also the whole process of a person experiencing obstructive sleep apnea.