The problem of not breathing properly while sleeping is called obstructive sleep apnea. This problem occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat become so relaxed that the airway becomes narrow and normal breathing becomes difficult. Daytime sleepiness, loud snoring while sleeping, morning headache, and high blood pressure can be symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. As a treatment for this, reducing weight, sleeping on the side, and taking CPAP therapy can provide relief.

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Today in this article you will learn about Obstructive Sleep Apnea -

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  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms
  2. Takeaway
  3. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
  4. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Causes and Risk Factors
Doctors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

There are many types of sleep apnea, and among them, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common. As a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a person is sleepy even during the day, with loud snoring and headache in the morning. The main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are as follows -

  • Excessive sleepiness or feeling tired during the day.
  • Loud snoring while sleeping.
  • Sudden stop of breathing while sleeping.
  • Waking up suddenly with gasping or suffocation.
  • Waking up in the middle of sleep and feeling dryness in the throat.
  • Headache in the morning.
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day.
  • Mood like depression or irritability.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Decreased sex drive.

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In obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles at the back of the throat relax and the airway narrows. Because of this, a person may find it difficult to breathe normally. Snoring fast, headache during the day, feeling drowsy, and sudden change in mood are symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. At the same time, obesity, increasing age, narrow airways, chronic nasal congestion, and smoking can be the reasons for obstructive sleep apnea. Weight loss, abstinence from alcohol, CPAP therapy, and surgery can be helpful in its treatment.

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Surgery is considered when the CPAP or BPAP machine does not work. Surgery can be used to remove excess tissue at the back of the throat. If there is a problem with the facial structure, it can be rectified. If there is a physical problem, a hole is made in the air passage, so that air can pass through easily. Through surgery, a device like a pacemaker can also be installed, with the help of which the muscles of the throat remain stimulated during sleep. Keep in mind that there are many disadvantages of surgery.

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BPAP Therapy

This is called bilevel positive airway pressure, which is used when CPAP therapy does not work. In this, two pressures are delivered in response to machine-assisted breathing – the pressure of inhalation and the pressure of exhalation.

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CPAP Therapy

This is called continuous positive airway pressure therapy, which is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Under this, it is advised to sleep wearing a face mask at night. This face mask helps in keeping the airways open at night. Although it takes some time to fall asleep with CPAP therapy, with the right support, the problems associated with it gradually go away.

Avoid Alcohol

Drinking alcohol closes the airway during sleep and can cause breathing problems. Therefore, avoiding the consumption of alcohol can provide relief from obstructive sleep apnea.

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Sleep On Side

Sleeping on the back can worsen the condition of obstructive sleep apnea. In such a situation, sleeping on the side can provide relief.

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Reduce Weight

Being overweight leads to the accumulation of fat in the muscles around the throat, which increases the risk of obstructive sleep apnea. In this situation, reducing weight can reduce this problem. The help of exercise can be taken to lose weight. This will also reduce blood pressure, which is another reason for obstructive sleep apnea.

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Family History

If someone in the family has had obstructive sleep apnea before, then the risk of its occurrence may increase.

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Tongue Shape

Obstructive sleep apnea can also occur if a person has a large tongue, which can go backward and block the airway.

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In this situation, the lower part of the jaw remains smaller than the upper part. Such people can also have obstructive sleep apnea.

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Collar Size

Men whose collar size is 17 inches and women whose collar size is 16 inches or more are at risk of having obstructive sleep apnea.

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Research says that obstructive sleep apnea and asthma are related. People with asthma are more prone to nasal congestion and this promotes obstructive sleep apnea.

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Smokers have a higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea.

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Chronic Nasal Congestion

The risk of obstructive sleep apnea can be doubled for people whose nose remains closed at night for any reason. One reason for this is the narrow airways.

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High Blood Pressure

Obstructive sleep apnea can also be a problem due to hypertension.

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Narrow Airways

Sometimes the airway is narrow even genetically. Apart from this, the tonsils or adenoids can become so enlarged that they can block the airways.

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The risk of obstructive sleep apnea increases with increasing age.

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One of the main reasons for obstructive sleep apnea is obesity, but it is not necessary for everyone. Due to the accumulation of fat around the airways, breathing is difficult. Problems related to obesity such as hypothyroidism or polycystic ovary syndrome can also be the cause of obstructive sleep apnea.

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