What is Sleep Apnea?
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How do you know if you're a simple snorer or if you have sleep apnea? Check out this video to know more about this sleep disorder.
Transcript: For more than 18 million Americans, SLEEP APNEA causes difficulty breathing while they sleep. But most...
For more than 18 million Americans, SLEEP APNEA causes difficulty breathing while they sleep. But most people with the condition snooze right through it - it's their sleeping partner or other family members who hear the repeated gasping, snorting and long pauses between breaths -- sometimes for as long as a minute or more-- that are the sure signs of sleep apnea. If you are a chronic, constant snorer, talk to your doctor about being evaluated for sleep apnea. NOT DRINKING, STOPPING SMOKING, AND LOSING WEIGHT CAN REVERSE the condition IN SOME CASES, but most of the time sleep apnea requires treatment to avoid the serious health problems it can trigger. These include heart disease, diabetes, depression, chronic sleep problems, high blood pressure. DIFFICULTY concentrating, IRRITABILITY, sexual problems, and learning and memory issues. For a proper diagnosis, you may have to spend the night at a sleep center so researchers can monitor your eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, breathing, and blood oxygen levels while you're sleeping. They will also examine your throat and airways: Having a small upper airway, recessed chin, small jaw, large overbite, large neck, large tongue, large tonsils, or a large uvula, which is that dangly thing at the back of your mouth, can ALL contribute to sleep apnea. The most COMMON solution is to use a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure device. It's a mask that you wear over your nose and-or mouth during sleep, and it's designed to PREVENT any pauses in breathing. In SOME cases, doctors will recommend dental devices designed to reposition parts of your mouth to facilitate breathing, Upper airway surgery may also be needed.Learn more about better breathing by watching other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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