Sleep apnea is a health problem characterized by involuntary sleep stops during up to 10 seconds. The person who suffers from it can stop breathing several times a night.
The main cause is loosening of the muscles of the tongue and throat. Thus, the air cannot flow and breathing becomes impossible. A rarer cause is the malfunction of the brain, which stops sending the order to breathe to the body.
Despite the fact that people who suffer from it are not aware of it, some symptoms can be caused by a poor quality of sleep, itself due to sleep apnea. Here are a few:
Decreased work performance
Feeling of suffocation during the night
If you think you are suffering from sleep apnea, it is important to consult your doctor, who will confirm the diagnosis. It is also important to treat sleep apnea to avoid long-term repercussions on your health and well-being. This problem could increase the risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, road accidents and work-related injuries caused by fatigue.
If you have sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend different treatments depending on the severity of the problem. It is possible to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea by adopting good lifestyle habits such as:
Maintain a healthy weight
Maintain a healthy weight
Decrease caffeine consumption
Adopt a regular schedule of sleep
Sleep on the side rather than on the back
Your doctor may recommend what is known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This treatment involves wearing a special mask connected to a device that pushes air into your nose and throat. Thus, your airways remain open, which avoids breaks in your breathing.
Treatment of Mandibular Advancement Orthosis: In case you are reluctant or intolerant of continuous positive pressure therapy in the treatment of your sleep apnea, the mandibular advancement orthosis (MAO) may be suitable. It is less effective than PCP treatment and should be offered as a second-line therapy in the event of failure of severe OSAP treatment with CPAP.
In case you are reluctant or intolerant of continuous positive pressure therapy in the treatment of your sleep apnea, the mandibular advancement orthosis (MAO) may be suitable. It is less effective than PCP treatment and should be offered as a second-line therapy in the event of failure of severe OSAP treatment with CPAP.
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