What is Sleep Apnea?
Did you know that more than 30 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea? As many as 1 in 5 people can potentially have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common medical condition in which the breathing cycle is interrupted several times during sleep. This means that the person with sleep apnea stops breathing for few seconds several times during sleep. Insufficient or interrupted breathing can lead to low level of oxygen in the body and this can be life-threatening.
What are the types of sleep apnea?
- Obstructive sleep apnea– This is the most common type of sleep apnea. The breathing stops due to an obstruction in the airway by soft tissues of the throat that collapse when throat muscles relax.
- Central sleep apnea– In this type, the brain misses sending signals to the muscles responsible for breathing.
Is sleep apnea dangerous?
Sleep Apnea can lead to tiredness, daytime sleepiness, inability to concentrate, and hosts of medical and psychological problems. Researchers feels that it is linked to:
- Diabetes and metabolic disease
- Depression and anxiety
- Cardiovascular problems
- Bruxism and Grinding teeth