When you wake up in the morning do you feel a headache, or you feel just as tired as when you went to sleep, or daytime drowsiness (especially dangerous when driving), inability to concentrate, irritability and faulty memory. Not only this sleep apnea it will also cause many other health issues like hypertension, diabetes, as well as increasing the risk of heart diseases, depression, strokes, glaucoma and other disorders.
What is Sleep Apnea?
The sleep apnea is a very common and serious sleep disorder where your breathing is fleetingly disturbed when you’re asleep. The word Apnea is derived from Greek word for “Without Breath”. If you are suffering sleep apnea then probably you will not be aware of short breathing pauses that occur hundreds of times at night, startling you out of your sound sleep rhythm. The only thing you will know is that you don’t feel mentally sharp, energetic or productive during the day.
The most common symptoms of Sleep Apnea are:
- Morning Headaches
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Frequent or loud snoring
- Memory loss
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Going to the bathroom frequently during the night
- Insomnia or nighttime awakenings; restless or fitful sleep
- Uncharacteristic moodiness, depression or irritability.
Sleep Apnea risk factor
The major risk factor for sleep apnea is obesity or excess body weight. You will likely to have sleep apnea if you are obese or overweight. However, sleep apnea can also take place in slim people too. There are some common risk factors for sleep apnea and they are:
Large neck size: sleep apnea risk will be higher if you have a neck size 16 inches or more for women, or 17 inches or more for men. A large neck has more soft tissues that will block your airways during sleep.
Hypertension: hypertension or High Blood Pressure is the most common in people who have sleep apnea.
Excess weight: if you are overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more or obese with a BMI of 30 or higher your risk for sleep apnea is higher.
Male gender: sleep apnea is more common in men than women. For women sleep apnea risk will increase with menopause.o.
Obstructive Sleep apnea treatment options include:
Bilevel Positive airway pressure (BPAP): It can be used for those who are not able to adapt to using CPAP, or for central sleep apnea sufferers who will need assistance for a weak breathing pattern. BPAP will automatically adjust the pressure when you’re sleeping, provides more pressure when you inhale, less when you exhale. Few of these devices will automatically deliver a breath if it detects you haven’t taken one for a definite number of seconds.
- Pressure range of between 3 – 25 cm
- Large backlit LCD and easy patient menu
- Auto on / off
- Visual mask off alert feature
- Smallest surface of all CPAP devices
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure): It is the most common treatment for average to severe obstructive sleep apnea. The CPAP is a mask-like machine that will cover your mouth and nose, allowing a constant stream of air that will keep your breathing passages open when you are sleeping. CPAP technology is constantly being improved and updated, and the new CPAP devices are quieter, more comfortable and lighter. In many cases, you’ll find immediate symptom a huge relief and boost your physical and mental energy.
- Whisper-quiet operation: quieter airflow
- Superior seal: a snug and comfortable fit
- Unique ball-and-socket joint
- Simplistic design: easy to assemble
- Eliminating pressure points on the skin