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Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when someone’s breathing is interrupted while they are sleeping. Untreated sleep apnea causes patients to stop breathing repeatedly while they are sleeping, which can affect the amount of oxygen the brain and the rest of your body gets.

Individuals with sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, liver problems, metabolic syndrome, and other conditions.

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, or know you have sleep apnea and are looking for treatment options, please request an appointment.

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Sleep Apnea Symptoms

In addition to stopping breathing while sleeping, which would be reported to you by another person, symptoms of sleep apnea also include:

  • Snoring loudly
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
  • Problems focusing while awake
  • Irritability

The Causes of Sleep Apnea

There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and a combination of both called complex sleep apnea syndrome.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea and occurs when the muscles at the back of your throat relax. Your throat muscles are responsible for supporting your soft palate, your uvula, your tonsils, your tongue, and the sidewalls of your throat.

When these muscles relax, it causes your airways to narrow or even close completely as you breathe in, restricting or disrupting the flow of oxygen and lowering your blood oxygen levels. When the brain senses that you are not breathing it briefly wakes you up so that you can reopen your airway. This awakening is so brief that most patients don’t remember it.

When you awaken, you may gasp, snort, or choke. This may happen between five and thirty times each hour while you are sleeping, disrupting your sleep patterns and preventing you from getting a deep, restful sleep.

Central sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea and occurs when communication between your brain and your breathing muscles breaks down. This lack of communication means that your body makes no effort to continue breathing for short periods. Patients with central sleep apnea may find they are short of breath when they awaken or have trouble falling or staying asleep.

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

There are a variety of factors that can increase your chances of developing either obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea risk factors include:

  • A narrow airway: Your genetic makeup may have caused you to be born with a narrow airway. Tonsils and adenoids can also become enlarged, narrowing the airway. This is particularly common in children.
  • Your neck circumference: Individuals with thick necks are more likely to have narrow airways.
  • Excessive weight: Obesity increases your chances of developing sleep apnea because fat deposits around your upper airway can obstruct your breathing.
  • Smoking: Smoking is responsible for a wide variety of health problems including sleep apnea. Individuals who smoke are nearly three times as likely to develop sleep apnea than individuals who have never smoked. Smoking can cause your upper airway to retain fluids and become inflamed, restricting how much oxygen you can get in one breath.
  • Nasal congestion: Individuals that have problems breathing through their nose, either because of the shape of your nose or allergies, have an increased chance of developing obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Your sex: Men are nearly three times more likely than women to develop sleep apnea. However, women have a higher risk of developing sleep apnea if they are overweight or have reached menopause.
  • Your age: Older adults are more likely to develop sleep apnea than younger adults.
  • Your family history: Having a family history of sleep apnea may increase your chances of developing the condition yourself.

Central sleep apnea risk factors include:

  • Your age: Middle-aged and elderly individuals have a higher risk of developing central sleep apnea than young adults and children.
  • Your sex: Central sleep apnea is more common in men than in women.
  • Having a heart disorder: Congestive heart failure increases your chances of developing central sleep apnea.
  • Using narcotic pain medication: Opioid medications, particularly long-acting medications like methadone, increase your chances of developing central sleep apnea
  • Having a stroke: Having a stroke increases your chance of developing central sleep apnea.

Managing Sleep Apnea

Though there is no cure for sleep apnea, this condition can be managed, and its symptoms can be eased. For more information about sleep apnea treatments, or to request an appointment, please contact us.

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