About half of Americans over 40 may suffer from snoring during sleep and sudden cessation of breathing that is reflected in the subsequent daytime sleepiness, depression and decreased concentration. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder often characterized by repeated partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. Perhaps you suffer from the sleep apnea if you snore loudly and feel yourself tired even after a long sleep. If so, do not worry. Using the method of snoring and sleep apnea treatment, described in this book “Snoring and Sleep Apnea No More”, you will be able to get rid of these unpleasant diseases easily.
Sleep apnea symptoms
Signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea overlap, that sometimes causes difficulties in determination the type of apnea. The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea include:
- excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day (hypersomnia);
- dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up;
- headaches in the morning;
- deterioration in mental abilities, such as inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, or irritability;
- loud snoring (especially with obstructive sleep apnea);
- sleep apnea;
- excessive sweating during sleep;
- awakening with the feeling of suffocation or lack of oxygen (with central sleep apnea);
- hard to fall a sleep or have a long sleep (insomnia).
When do you need to start the treatment?
Start treatment, if you or your partner notice the following:
- snoring became so loud that disturbs and awakes you and your partner;
- upon awaking you feel an acute shortage of oxygen;
- breathing during sleep temporarily stops;
- feeling excessively sleepyor having a general lack of energy during the day – when you work, watch TV or even drive a car.
Many people do not consider snoring as a serious problem, moreover, is not always accompanied by snoring sleep apnea. However, loud snoring alternating with periods of silence – a reason to see a doctor. Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia) may be a symptom of other disorders, such as narcolepsy.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Causes
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax and become floppy. During sleep, the throat muscles relax, making the airways more prone to collapse. Negative air pressure generated by the lungs in the narrowed airways may cause collapse. When the airway closed breathing does not occur and the level of oxygen drops. In order to start breathing again, you need a short time to wake up. As a rule, this awakening is so short that in the morning you even don’t remember about it.