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Hypopnea Syndrome (OSAH)

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What is Hypopnea Syndrome? Definition

What is Hypopnea Syndrome? The Definition of Hypopnea Syndrome: Hypopnea Syndrome is also known as obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea (OSAH) in which a person repeatedly stops breathing, or experiences shallow breathing for short periods of time during sleep.

A reduction or obstruction in nocturnal breathing for at least 10 seconds results in decrease in blood oxygen level and disrupts sleep and can lead to sleep deprivation effects.

Alternative Names for Hypopnea Syndrome?
Other names or references to Hypopnea Syndrome include:

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 unlike Central Sleep Apnea in which 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. Severe obstructive sleep apnea can lead to Sleep Deprivation.

Hypopnea - Sleep Apnea Tests
Sleep Apnea, including
Hypopnea Syndrome, 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. The standard definition of any apneic event includes a minimum 10 second interval between breaths.

Hypopnea Syndrome Symptoms
What are the symptoms of Hypopnea Syndrome? What are the effects? The symptoms of Hypopnea Syndrome include the following:

  • Mood Changes
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Frequent night time urination
  • Awakening unrefreshed in the morning
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Irritability
  • Reduced awareness and concentration
  • Negativity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Reduction in memory and Reduced mental performance
  • Reduced control
  • Low energy levels
  • Snoring

Hypopnea Syndrome Causes
What are the causes of Hypopnea Syndrome? The causes of Hypopnea Syndrome may include the following:

  • Obesity
  • Too much stimulation / Caffeine
  • Health Problems and Medications
  • Drugs, Alcohol, Nicotine
  • Some shapes of the palate and jaw
  • Large neck or collar size
  • Large tongue
  • Large tonsils and adenoids in children
  • Narrow airway
  • Nasal obstruction

Hypopnea Syndrome Treatment / Remedies / Medication / Cures
What is used as a treatment, remedy, cure or medication for Hypopnea Syndrome? 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 Hypopnea Syndrome Treatment / Remedies / Medication may include the following:

  • A sleep study  called a Polysomnogram

  • Drugs that stimulate breathing

  • 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

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

  • Echocardiogram

  • Thyroid function studies

The sole purpose of the article on a sleep disorder such as Hypopnea Syndrome 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 Hypopnea Syndrome 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 Interpretation.org.uk disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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