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Sleep Apnea

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What is Sleep Apnea? Definition

What is Sleep Apnea? The Definition: Sleep Apnea (or spelt apnoea in British English) is a sleeping disorder that causes a person to temporarily stop breathing while asleep.

Alternative Names for Sleep Apnea?
Other names or references to this sleeping problem include: 

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Definition
The Definition of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea is one of the more common sleep disorders with symptoms of loud snoring and periodic pauses in breathing caused by obstruction of the airway into the lungs.

What is Central Sleep Apnea? Definition
What is Central Sleep Apnea? The Definition: Central Sleep Apnea, or Cheyne-Stokes respiration, the brain's respiratory control centers are imbalanced during sleep. Central sleep apnea can occur in people who have had a stroke, heart failure, brain tumor or infection.

What is Complex Sleep Apnea? Definition
What is Complex Sleep Apnea? The Definition: Complex Sleep Apnea displays both obstructive and central apnea characteristics.

Sleep Apnea Tests
Check out our article on Sleep Tests. This Sleeping disorder is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or a "sleep study". Clinically significant levels of sleep apnea are defined as five or more episodes per hour of any type of apnea registered from the polysomnogram. A polysomnogram sleep study will typically record a minimum of 11 channels requiring a minimum of 22 wire attachments to the patient. Electrodes are attached to the chin, the scalp and the outer edge of the eyelids. Monitors attached to the chest record the heart rate and breathing. The standard definition of any apneic event includes a minimum 10 second interval between breaths.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms
What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea? What are the effects? The symptoms of include the following:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Mood Changes
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Frequent night time urination
  • Awakening unrefreshed in the morning
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Reduction in memory and Reduced mental performance
  • Reduced control
  • Reduced awareness and concentration
  • Negativity
  • Low energy levels
  • Snoring
  • Leg swelling (if severe)
  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Frequent night time urination
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Mood Changes
  • Irritability
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Reduction in memory
  • Reduced mental performance
  • Reduced awareness
  • Low energy levels

Sleep Apnea Causes
What are the causes of Sleep Apnea? The causes may include the following:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Too much stimulation / Caffeine
  • Health Problems and Medications
  • Drugs, Alcohol, Nicotine
  • Obesity
  • Some shapes of the palate and jaw
  • Large neck or collar size
  • Large tongue
  • Large tonsils and adenoids in children
  • Narrow airway
  • Nasal obstruction
Central Sleep Apnea
  • Strokes
  • Heart failure
  • Neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease
  • Infections
  • Some Medications
  • Brain Tumor
  • Some congenital abnormalities
  • High altitude

Sleep Apnea Treatment / Remedies / Medication / Cures / Tests
What is used as a treatment, remedy, cure, test or medication for this sleeping disorder? The following info is not a substitute for a medical assessment or diagnostic procedure, but serves as a useful guide to help focus future discussions. The Sleep Apnea Treatment / Remedies / Medication may include the following:

  • A sleep study  called a Polysomnogram

  • CPAP is a  device used to treat moderate to severe sleep apnea. The machine sends air at a constant, continuous pressure to help keep a person's airway open, allowing the patient to breathe normally.,

  • BiPAP is an acronym for bilevel positive airway pressure. It is a  portable ventilatory machine that delivers a controlled amount of pressurized air

  • Drugs that stimulate breathing

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

  • Echocardiogram

  • Thyroid function studies

The sole purpose of the article on a sleep disorder such as Sleep Apnea is to act as a reference guide to provide useful information regarding sleeping problems. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat Sleep Apnea or as a substitute for obtaining professional medical advice. Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your health please consult your medical practitioner immediately.

This information regarding sleep and sleeping disorders is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Dream disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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