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A brief detail about sleep Apnea.

April 30, 2012  by: AJAY  Points: 12   Category: Health  Earning $1.00   Views: 597

In this article, a brief detail about sleep apnea is given. A comparison is also drawn between snoring and sleep apnea and how they are related with each other. Besides, symptoms, types, problems and cure of the same is also given in the article.


You may have come across people who snore while sleeping. Others often mock and make fun of such unusual behavior of those who undergoes this. In the past, many married partners got separated because due to this sleeping disorder or snoring . Medically, this sleeping disorder is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea which in future could aggravate to sleeping apnea. Moreover, sleep apnea is a disease and needs a proper attention and prompt treatment.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder which occurs during due to the narrowing of nostrils during sleep. In this condition, it becomes difficult for one to breathe in and out properly. This in turn results in snoring or unusual sound from the nostrils.

Is snoring a sleep apnea disorder?

Those who snores in sleep have a fair amount of chance to get affected with sleep apnea. But it would be wrong to point out snoring as sleep apnea. In fact, snoring is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea. Snoring could be because of an increase in the size of the nostril bone and sometime because of a bend in nostril. Hence, a part from snoring if there are other symptoms or sleep apnea then only sleep apnea is confirmed within a patient.

Why sleep apnea?

People who are obese and have a broader neck could suffer from sleep apnea. Those who have a bigger tonsil and an elongated chin get affected with this because of the narrowing of the oxygen pipe. Most often a blockage in the nose could create enough pressure on the oxygen pipe because of a blockage in the neck.


The symptoms of sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness. One may feel drowsy while reading, watching television and driving. In extreme cases, due to sleepiness one may sleep while talking or eating. It really affects one''s work very badly and sometimes even results in accidents. Though there are many more symptoms of this disease but snoring and day time sleepiness is the most common among them.

Types of sleep apnea

There are three types of sleep apnea. They are central sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and mix sleep apnea.

Central sleep apnea: This type of sleep apnea is very much related with the central nervous system. This take place when the muscles that control breathing do not get from the brain. Those who are found to be affected with sleep apnea do not snore very often

Obstructive sleep apnea: This is a very common type of sleep apnea and it occurs when of the tissues of the throat relaxes during sleeping. This is known to be a very common sleep apnea.

Mix sleep apnea: Mix sleep apnea is also known as complex sleep apnea and it is mixture of central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

Who suffers from obstructive sleep apnea?

People who are less than the age of fifty are mostly affected with sleep apnea. Once anyone crosses fifty years of age the risk factor increases. Those who are affected with obesity has around seventy-five percent of chance of getting affected with this. Besides, those who are affected with heart related problems have around 40 to 50 percent chance of getting affected with it. Moreover, almost 70 percent cases of strokes are because of the obstructive sleep apnea.

Why men are mostly affected?

Men are mostly found to be affected with sleep apnea than women because of the hormonal differences within their body. Another reason is that men who drinks alcohol are very prone to get affected with it.


There are many problems which surfaces due to sleep apnea. There is an increase in blood pressure and certain cardio vascular diseases like strokes, heart attacks etc are very common. One may also get affected with fatty lever and type 2 diabetes in the future.

How to find out if someone is affected with sleep apnea?

To find out if someone is affected with sleep apnea, the nature of the sleep is need to be studied properly. Things like the amount of oxygen inhaled during sleep, brain wave monitoring and the rise and fall of the chest and stomach is noticed by the doctors to find out if a person is affected with obstructive sleep apnea.


There are many things which you can do to cure sleep apnea by yourself. You can achieve your objective by following a healthy life style. You can try everything like doing exercise regularly to reduce your weight and obesity. Besides, you also need to give up your old bad habits like smoking and drinking alcohol. You also need to avoid heavy and spicy meals and try to go to the bed at night at a particular time. Moreover, you can sleep on the bed on your side and properly elevate your head with pillows. Elevation of head to the right degree is essential for proper supply of oxygen within and out of the body. Finally, if these things does not work out for you properly then you have to visit your physician for proper treatment of the same without much delay.

Author: Joina        
Posted Date: 05/02/2012    Points:7    

Very informative article. So I like this article very much. I also have the habit of snoring while I am in sound sleep. I did not have this problem before my marriage. It began after the birth of my first child. My husband informed me that I am snoring in my sleep. Because of the sound of snoring, he could not sleep that day. When I continued this habit, he started to tease me. Recently, my husband also is suffering the same problem. Some days, I can't sleep because of this sound. I also started to tease him. Now, we both are having the same problem and never try to blame each other. Now a days, we can't sleep without hearing this beautiful sound of snoring. We enjoy this sound like the sound of a musical instrument.

Somewhere I read that snoring is the symbol of heart problem and it may lead to other serious diseases. I don't know whether we have any other diseases like sleep apnea. I think that a quick check up is necessary soon.

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