Sleep Apnea – Cutting off of Breath While Sleeping

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First Published: 3rd of March, 2021 by Patrick Carpen.

Last updated: March 3, 2021 at 22:53 pm

Sleep apnea is the cutting of breath while a person sleep. Although a wide variety of factors may contribute to sleep apnea, scientists cannot pinpoint what exactly causes it. Sleep apnea is a terrible medical condition which can be fatal in some, but not all, cases.

Sometimes, as a person is about to fall asleep, they are awakened struggling to catch their breath. At other times, they are unable that breathing has lapsed temporarily during sleep. People who suffer with sleep apnea often feel tired during the day because they did not get a good night’s rest.

Lying on your side or stomach and clutching a pillow reduces the effects of sleep apnea for some cases. The condition attacks more when the patient lies on the back.

Sleep apnea is often linked to weight gain, and losing weight helps to relieve the condition for some people.

Loud snoring is often a sign that someone suffers from sleep apnea, although not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea.

The three main types of sleep apnea are: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and complex sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the result of throat muscle relaxing due to loss of the consciousness which results when you start sleeping. When the throat muscles relax during sleep, it blocks or narrows the airways, causing shortness of breath. You may wake up trying to catch your breath. However, the incident is sometimes too brief to wake you up completely.

Central sleep apnea is when your brain fails to transmit signals to your breathing muscle. This is a less common form of sleep apnea. You may wake up gasping for breath or not wake up completely during the repeated cycles of shortness of breath.

The risk of sleep apnea increases as you get older. It occur es mostly in males and is sometimes linked to congestive heart failure.

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