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  December 19th 
Sleep Apnea Symptoms 

"How to Tell if You Suffer From Sleep Apnea" 

By: Terrence Gaddis 
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where a person suffers abnormal pauses in their breathing while sleeping. An individual who suffers from this actually tops breathing from anywhere from 5 seconds to minutes. It can occur five to thirty times an hour. There are three types of sleep apnea: a) central (CSA); b) obstructive (OSA); c) complex. Regardless of the type of sleep apnea suffered, most individuals who have this affliction are not aware that they suffer from this. In fact, many people with sleep apnea go years without even knowing they 
There are three types of Sleep Apnea:

a) Obstructive Sleep Apnea

b) Central Sleep Apnea

c) Complex Sleep Apnea
have a problem with this. Sleep apnea is diagnosed using a polysomnogram (or sleep study).

People who suffer from sleep apnea vary in age and can range from children to seniors. The normal sleep apnea symptoms include a general lack of alertness and continued day-time sleepiness. In essence, the afflicted suffer from problems with fatigue, vision, and an overall inability to concentrate. Studies on the brain activity of sleep apnea patients show that the planning and executing functions of the brain are impaired. Memory also is shown to be affected. These symptoms have be known to lead to behavioral issues and many sleep apnea patients have demonstrated moodiness, decreased drive, and increased belligerence. In some cases, this has resulted in depression in the patient.

Other noted symptoms have included items such as irritability, Noctoria, decreased libido, higher heart rates, heavy sweating, acid reflux, anxieties, and concentration or attention deficiencies.

The diagnosis approach to sleep apnea include categorizing the patients sleep apnea symptoms and undertaking sleep study, which rates the number of apneic events per hour using the Apnea Hypopnea Index or an alternative called the Respiratory Disturbance Index. These indices allow the severity of the sleep apnea to be quantified. Of course, due to the variability of patient physiology and the inherent variability in measurement technique the range to error in identifying apnea severity can introduce debate into the actual measurements and diagnostic systems. One generally agreed upon measurement benchmark is the use of the 10 seconds between breaths as an indicator of apneic issues.

To better understand sleep apnea symptoms, a general classification scheme is used. Sleep apnea is generally considered to come in three forms:

Central Sleep Apnea: the brain’s respiratory control center is impaired and regular breathing control suffers
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: the most common form of apnea and is an obstruction of the airways which impedes breathing – has a higher probability of occurring in men, people who are obese, and older persons
Complex Sleep Apnea: this type is a hybrid or combination of both the sleep apnea types above

 
The treatments for sleep apnea symptoms usually begin with behavioral modifications that start with sleeping on one’s side and reducing the intake of alcohol, sleeping pills, sedatives and muscle relaxants. These treatments attempt to prevent muscular blockage that are associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Other treatments include the patient wearing a breathing mask that provides for continuous positive airflow pressure (CPAP), which keeps the airways open. Another common treatment is provided by dentists who specialize in providing appliances that you place in your mouth before sleep. These appliances move the jaw forward and provide for better airflow. Finally, there are surgical procedures that can also be employed in more severe cases of sleep apnea. They include restructure the muscle and tissue of the airway.

The symptoms of sleep apnea are various therefore the methods of diagnostics and the actual treatments themselves also vary by the individual case. If you believe you suffer from this affliction, then it may be in your best interest to consult a local health practitioner.


Source: http://www.Go-to-Sleep.net

Go-to-Sleep.net is a website dedicated to the study of sleep. Everything that you could want to to know about how to go to sleep, including: sleep disorders, causes, cures, and studies.

Terrence Gaddis has been fascinated with sleep maladies since suffering through a case of insomnia in his youth. From this time forward, he has studied all the causes, treatments and news about this phenomenon.

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