Sleep Apnea- A Potential Serious Condition

Sleep ApneaSnoring is a common habit for many during their sleep. However, snoring can also be a sign of a potential serious condition known as Sleep Apnea. This sleeping disorder can be broken down into two categories. The first and most common form being Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and the second being Central Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a medical disorder that needs to be addressed so that you may prevent other serious medical conditions. Express Medical Supplies is proud to offer medical supplies that help those with Sleep Apnea.

About Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea, as defined by the Mayo Clinic, is a medical condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. It causes you to gain the proper amount of REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) required to get a good nights sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax during sleep. This is the most common form of Sleep Apnea. The second, less common form of Sleep Apnea is Central Sleep Apnea. During Central Sleep Apnea, the brain does not send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing during sleep.

There are some common sleep habits that can point towards sleep apnea. These include: Snoring, abrupt awakenings with a shortness of breath (a sign of Central Sleep Apnea), excessive sleepiness during the day, pauses in breathing during sleep, morning headaches, and insomnia. If you recognize some of these symptoms, it is important to seek testing with your doctor. Sleep Apnea can be the cause of many medical conditions such as hypertension(high blood pressure), risk of stroke, daytime fatigue, complications with medications and general anesthesia, type 2 diabetes, acid reflux, adult asthma, and weight gain. Sleep Apnea can not only lead to these medical conditions, but in some cases it can cause death. Patients who suffer from both Sleep Apnea and heart complications have an increased risk of cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure, and other heart diseases. This is due to low amounts of oxygen in the blood. Sleep Apnea is a disorder that must be treated to prevent further complications.

How to Treat Sleep Apnea

Patients who believe they have Sleep Apnea must first be tested. The main method of testing is called nocturnal polysomnograph. This test monitors and records your heart, lung, and brain activity. It also monitors arm and leg movements, breathing patterns, and your blood oxygen levels. Once you have been tested and diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, there are numerous treatments. The most common is using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) sleeping device. This device delivers air pressure through the nose that is slightly greater than the surrounding air.  This keeps  the upper airway open giving relief to snoring and sleep apnea. There are many other airway pressure devices that can be used if the CPAP does not meet your needs. Other treatments include oral applications and surgical procedures. The surgical procedures generally involve removing tissue in your throat and mouth that block air passages. Some who suffer from Sleep Apnea do not need to seek these measures. For those that are overweight, working out and losing weight can solve the sleep disorder.

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