What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical disorder in which you stop and start breathing frequently while sleeping. There are different types of sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea is by far the most prevalent (OSA).

This form of apnea happens when your throat muscles relax to the point of collapse during sleep, blocking your airway. Snoring is an obvious symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. This is distinct from normal, or main, snoring.

 

Primary snoring can be caused by nasal or throat problems, sleep habits (particularly back sleeping), being overweight or older and using alcohol or other depressants.

While both primary and sleep apnea-related snoring occur when the tissues in the back of your throat vibrate, those with sleep apnea are more likely to:

  • Snore lot louder than people who snore regularly.

  • They should take a breather (for over 10 seconds)

  • Breathe shallowly, gasp, or choke

  • Be agitated

Short-term sleep loss caused by sleep apnea can influence your mood as well as your safety at work and while driving. It is also significantly connected to potentially fatal chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and depression.

 

As a result, treating sleep apnea is critical. There are treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. The most frequent therapy is to employ a device that utilizes positive pressure to keep your airway open while you sleep (CPAP machine).

 

Check out the Airsense 11 CPAP machine to get more details on if a CPAP machine treatment may be right for you. Make sure to consult your physician or sleep study specialist before making any rushed decisions.