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Do you often find yourself sleep deprived when you wake up in the morning? Do you repeatedly get up during the night, even when you went to bed feeling bone-tired? Does your partner frequently complain about your thunderous snoring?
Then, dear reader, you could be suffering from Sleep Apnea. The word ‘Apnea’ is of Latin origin, which is used as a medical term for going breathless during a sleeping session.
So, those that are suffering from sleeping disorders like sleep apnea usually spend most of their nightly sleeping sessions being fitful and restless. The breaks in breathing can be shallow or completely pause, which can go on for seconds to even minutes.
And because you’re not resting enough, you will feel drowsy and tired during the day. If left untreated, this disorder can develop into severe ailments and can even cause accidents.
Sleep apnea is classified broadly into:
There can be many sleep apnea symptoms and complications one should look for, like:
The usual suspect for this disorder is a blocked or somehow obstructed breathing passage. There could be multiple reasons as to why you suddenly have a choked airway. Men and older people are more predisposed to suffer from such symptoms.
These are the common sleep apnea causes:
A doctor can diagnose sleep apnea after looking at your medical history and a sleep study. Your physicians need to rule out any other medical issues before settling on a sleep apnea diagnosis.
Even if you have been or are going to be diagnosed with this condition, you must follow all the prescribed sleep apnea treatments, including making healthier lifestyle choices and using assistive breathing devices (like a CPAP machine).
Let your doctor know from time to time about any changes in your breathing patterns. Go through reliable resources to gain more knowledge about your condition.
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