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Sleep Apnea is More Serious Than Just Terrible Snoring

Sleep apnea is the stoppage of breathing during sleep. The stoppage can last from about 10 seconds up to a minute or longer and can occur hundreds of times during the night.

Sleep apnea symptoms include periods of sleep without breathing, loud snoring or snorting during sleep, and excessive sleepiness in the daytime.

The most common form is caused by excess tissue in the back of the throat. You are at higher risk if you are obese or a middle-aged male.

Other types of sleep apnea may also be associated with chronic respiratory disorders or central nervous system disorders (i.e. brain tumor, stroke).

The diagnosis of sleep apnea is typically based on observation of the symptoms by someone other than the sufferer. These symptoms should be evaluated by a physician. The evaluation may include a physical exam complete with respiratory tests and possibly sleep analysis in a sleep laboratory.

What is the treatment for sleep apnea? Since sleep apnea is closely related to obesity, steps should be taken to lose weight. It may be necessary for some persons to wear a mask at night which supplies oxygen or keeps the airway open. Certain cases may require surgery.

For an in-depth look at sleep apnea and your options for treating this condition go to Sleep Apnea on SymptomSpy.com




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