Sleep apnea is a potentially fatal sleep disorder in which breathing regularly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea are the two most common kinds of sleep apnea.
Obesity and excess weight are common causes of obstructive sleep apnea, which is linked to the soft tissue of the mouth and throat.
More than half of those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea are overweight (BMI of 25-29.9) or obese (BMI of 30.0 or above). The size of your neck is another indicator of obesity.
OSA is substantially more likely in men with a neck circumference of more than 17 inches (43 centimetres) and women with a neck circumference of more than 15 inches (38 centimetres). You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and are fatigued even after a full night’s sleep.
Some of the issues could be linked to the production of stress hormones, which can be induced by frequent drops in blood oxygen levels and poor sleep quality. Stress hormones can cause an increase in heart rate as well as the onset or worsening of heart failure.
In many situations, doctors are unable to determine the aetiology of CSA (central sleep apnea). This is referred to as primary, or “idiopathic” CSA by doctors. CSA with a characteristic Cheyne-Stokes breathing pattern can be caused by a stroke, heart failure, or renal failure. CSA can be caused by heart and kidney disease, as well as any other ailment.
Few Symptoms by which we can recognize Sleep apnea:
- Fatigue or sleepiness during the day
- Restlessness while sleeping, or regular nighttime awakenings
- Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
- Waking up suddenly after gasping or choking
- Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, or crankiness
- Depression or anxiety
- Constant need to go pee at night
- Night sweats
- Sexual dysfunction
Few Sleep Apnea Signs: Snoring, Gasping, Sleepiness
Loud persistent snoring. When sleeping, there are pauses in breathing that are followed by gasping episodes. Excessive drowsiness during the day.
The best way to get away from sleep apnea is to shed weight, lead a quality lifestyle.