Obstructive Sleep Apnea

[MUSIC] Obstructive sleep apnea. 30 million Americans may suffer
from obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. It is more common than
adult diabetes and asthma, affecting 24% of men and 9% of women between the ages
of 30 to 60 years of age. OSA is even more common
in overweight people and persons older than
60 years of age. It is a major risk factor for the development of
cardiovascular disease. Studies show that 80%
of difficult to control hypertension, 50% of
congestive heart failure, and 60% of strokes are related
to undiagnosed OSA. Apnea means without breath, if
you have obstructed sleep apnea you literally stop breathing
while you’re asleep. The apnea can last for
a few seconds to a minute or more, as many as 100 of
times during the night. Forms of sleep apnea include
obstructive, central and mixed with obstructive
being the most common type. OSA prevents you from reaching
deep stages of sleep, which the body needs to rest and
replenish itself. Causes of
Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Even though the exact cause
of OSA remains unclear, the sleep disorder
follows a pattern. During the day muscles keep
the airway passages wide open. When a person with
OSA falls asleep, these muscles relax to a point
where the airway collapses and causes a breathing pause. These breathing pauses occur
because of a blockage in the upper airway. Usually when the soft tissue
in the upper airway or rear of the throat collapses. When the airway closes,
breathing stops and the sleeper wakes up
to open the airway. The sleeper then
returns to sleep and the breathing pause
occurs again. This pattern is repeated until
you wake up for the day. Symptoms of
Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA is most commonly
seen in overweight people with loud snoring,
breathing pauses, usually noticed by the bed
partner, daytime sleepiness, thrashing around in bed,
morning headaches, a dry mouth in the morning, and
gasping for breath at night. Loud snoring and daytime sleepiness are the most
common of these complaints. Other symptoms of OSA
include memory problems, as well as difficulty
concentrating and thinking. Anxiety, depression,
irritability, and aggressive behavior. Many medical complications
are associated with obstructive sleep apnea. These include heart attacks,
strokes, high blood pressure, depression, sexual dysfunction,
or lack of desire. There’s also a substantial
increased risk of work place injuries and
motor vehicle accidents. Diagnosis of
Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A sleep study,
also called a polysomnography can usually diagnose
obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep studies are a series of
tests that help evaluate what happens to your body
while you sleep. Special healthcare providers
perform these tests during an overnight stay
at a sleep lab. If you have obstructive sleep
apnea, the severity and the most effective treatment
can then be determined. Treatment for
Obstructive Sleep Apnea. There are many treatment
options available if you suffer from OSA. Continuous Positive
Airway Pressure or CPAP, is the most
widely used one. The CPAP machine delivers
regular room air through a mask. It increases air
pressure in the throat. Keeping tissues in the airway
from collapsing while you inhale. The airway is now open, and
you can breathe normally. OSA can also be
treated by surgery. The type of surgery performed
depends on the severity of your obstructive sleep apnea. The most common form of surgery is a uvulo palato
pharyngo plasty. Better known as UPPP. The UPPP allows the surgeon
to remove tissue that is causing
the airway to block. Other forms of surgery are the
laser assisted uvuloplasty, LAUP, somnoplasty, mandibular
advancement surgeries, and tracheostomy. Your dentist can also treat
OSA with an oral dilator or a mandibular advancement
dental device. These devices work by bringing
the lower jaw forward, which moves the tongue forward,
to create a larger airway. This treatment method is usually
safe for patients that snore, or have a mild case of
obstructive sleep apnea. What To Do. Sleep on your side. Exercise and lose weight. Contact your healthcare provider
if your symptoms do not improve with treatment. What Not To Do. Do not smoke. Do not take sleeping pills
to assist with sleep. Do not drink alcohol three
hours prior to bedtime. Do not eat large
meals before bedtime. Do not use over
the counter remedy. Things To Remember. Disruptive sleep apnea is
a very treatable problem. What We Have Learned. Continuous Positive
Airway Pressure or CPAP is the most common treatment for
obstructive sleep apnea. True or false? The answer is true. With obstructive sleep apnea, you literally stop
breathing while asleep. True or false? The answer is true. Obstructive sleep apnea
does not cause symptoms. True or false? The answer is false.

Comments 8

  • I have sleep apnea. I've been trying to get a CPAP machine, but it's impossible as I've been forced to move my place of residence so often, lately.

  • I wake up every hour because of this

  • My father said I look scary with moving around. And said I talk and move alot when I sleep

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