Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person throughout sleep repeatedly stops and starts breathing and has a hard time falling asleep. They may experience trouble falling asleep or staying asleep due to the sudden gasping of air. There are three main types of sleep apnea which include, Obstructive, Central, and Complex sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common when the muscles inside your throat relax and close resulting in the inability to breathe and waking up gasping for air. Central sleep apnea is when your brain is not communicating properly with the muscles that control your breathing. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of Obstructive and Central apnea, which means that if the obstructive signs disappear then Central apnea symptoms appear they can not clearly define the particular apnea, leading to it being complex.

Symptoms may include:

  • Loud Snoring
  • Periods where you stop breathing during sleep
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Awakening with a dry Mouth
  • Morning Headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Irritability

Treatments for sleep apnea range in a variety of ways. Some ways of naturally treating it could be to cut out certain things like smoking and changing your diet. If you have a more severe case of sleep apnea, one of the most common treatments is continuous positive airway pressure(CPAP). It’s a machine that is designed to deliver air pressure that is more than our surrounding air pressure from which we breathe to keep your airwaves open during sleep. Some people struggle with using the CPAP machine so another alternative would be using oral appliances. Oral appliances are a less effective but have been proven easier to use by many diagnosed with sleep apnea. A lot of oral appliances are put in place to bring your jaw forward which allows your throat to open up which allows for more consistent breathing throughout the night. If all of these other methods fail, surgery is usually a last option. From removing excess tissue within your throat or creating a completely new airwave are all viable surgery options.