Sleep apnea is a condition which causes a person’s sleep to be suddenly interrupted by one or more pauses or shallow breathing. The pause typically lasts for a few seconds and can extend to a few minutes. This can happen as frequent as 30 times in just a matter of one hour before your sleeping goes back to normal again.
When you suffer from sleep apnea, you might experience disruption in your sleep which moves you from a deep sleep to a light one. When this happens, you are more likely going to feel tired and sleepy on the next day because of poor quality of sleep.
The condition is hard to detect and could be life-threatening if not treated in time.
Types of sleep apnea
- Obstructive sleep apnea. In this type of sleep apnea, you experience shallow breathing because your airways become blocked or collapse when you are asleep. A loud snoring can also be observed, especially when the air passes past the blockage. Although this condition is most common to those who are obese or overweight, it can still happen to anyone.
- Central sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea happens when your breathing muscles are not able to properly receive the signals from the part of your brain that controls your breathing. This is the reason behind the short pauses in your breathing. This type is mostly observed among people who have existing medical conditions.
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome. This is a combination of both types of sleep apnea mentioned above.
Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Loud snoring
- Short pauses in breathing during sleep and this is something that can only be observed by another person sleeping in the same room
- Shortness in breathing which is normally experienced by those suffering from central sleep apnea
- Feeling of a dry mouth or sore throat when waking up
- Headaches when waking up in the morning
- Extreme sleepiness in the daytime or so called hypersomnia due to poor quality of sleep the night before.
Sleep apnea is not something that you can just ignore. You need to see a doctor if you are already snoring so loud that it disturbs the sleep of another person. If you also wake up at night gasping for air in the middle of your sleep is a sign that you need to seek professional help.
For more information on sleep apnea, you can call Buchanan Dental Arts at (914) 737-6300 .