Sleep Apnea: Types, Symptoms, Effects and Treatments

Sleep Apnea: Types, Symptoms, Effects and Treatments

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing starts and stops while you are in sleep. It’s a disorder which should be taken quite seriously as it can impact your overall health.

There are three types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

When your upper airway gets blocked, it prevents the air from travelling through the nose. This is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The main reason behind this type of sleep apnea is relaxed throat muscle.

Common Symptoms of OSA:

  • Loud and regular snoring
  • Waking up while sleeping
  • If you experience sleepiness which lasts for several hours even after a good night sleep
  • If you experience headache in morning
  • A choking or gasping sound that happens when you are asleep

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

This happens when your brain fails to send signals to other parts of body to breathe.

Common Symptoms of CSA are:

  • When you have difficulty concentrating because of lack of oxygen and are sleep deprived, it makes difficult to complete any task.
  • Change in mood and irritability are signs of CSA. If sleep apnea remains untreated, it can lead to brain damage and permanent changes in mood.
  • Another sign of CSA is chronic fatigue that lasts whole day and is felt in entire body. It will make you feel tired all day.

Complex Sleep Apnea (CSA)

The complex sleep apnea is a combination of the above mentioned two apneas. The same risk factors are responsible as the above mentioned conditions.

Sleep Apnea Effects

  • Weakened immune system
  • Low oxygen levels
  • Asthma and acid reflux
  • High blood sugar and pressure
  • Depression
  • Memory problems
  • Heart diseases
  • Liver issues

Sleep Apnea and Biometrics

Biometrics is your body’s indicator of its physical well-being and bios trap can help in figuring out impact of diseases such as Sleep Apnea and effects of treatment.

For Diagnosis and Sleep Apnea Treatment, it’s better to go consult a doctor and bring along the record of sleep and fatigue so that the treatment can be initiated accordingly.

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