Sleep Apnea

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a disorder where during sleep one's sleep stops and starts constantly. Some symptoms of Sleep Apnea is tiredness even after a good night's rest, and unusually loud snoring. Sleep Apnea is divided into two categories, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Central Sleep Apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is more common and occurs when your throat muscles relax.As a result of the relaxation, your airway narrows as you breathe in. Your brain senses that you can't breathe and wakes you up so you may open your airway. Usually the awakening is so brief that you don't remember it.

Symptoms

Daytime Tiredness

loud snoring

abrupt awakenings

morning headache

difficulty staying asleep

Central Sleep Apnea

Occurs when the brain fails to transmit signals to you breathing muscles.The most common cause of Central Sleep Apnea is heart failure and, less commonly a stroke.

Who is most likely to get Sleep Apnea

Those who (are):

Overweight

Have a thicker neck

Men are twice as likely to have Sleep Apnea

WORKS CITED

WebMD

MayoClinic

HelpGuide.org

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