May 16

Sleep Apnea: What Happens inside the Bedroom?

We know that when we sleep, we are safe. But if we are suffering from a medical condition called sleep apnea, sleeping is not always safe anymore. Sleep apnea is a state in which we unconsciously stop our breathing from a few seconds to minutes. But we need not fear going sleep or sleep apnea because there are always treatments that we can undergo.

We should first know the different types of sleep apnea. In Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), the patient will stop breathing because of chemical imbalance in the brain that causes disturbance in respiration. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) on the other hand happens because of the collapsing of airways due to obstruction. Many people suffer OSA.

Unknowingly we exacerbate sleep apnea because of our lifestyle and certain activities. Alcohol consumption, inappropriate sleeping position, sleeping medications and poor sleeping habits cause sleep apnea, and if we don’t do something about it, our lives may be in danger sooner than we think.

If it is hopeless, it is better to seek out a doctor. They will suggest different treatments that can help us deal with this subtle yet deadly condition. The doctor will first recommend a sleep study. In this study, we will be hooked up with electrodes that will monitor our general state when we are asleep. If doctors find out that indeed, we have sleep apnea, they will require a machine or device to help us with breathing. They call it Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. If doctors feel the need to do operations to get rid of the part of the tissue that is blocking our airway, they will discuss it with us.

Sleep apnea is treatable if we really want to get well.

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