sleep apnea disorderSleep apnea is a common disorder in which a person experiences one or more breathing pauses or shallow breaths while sleeping. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway collapses or becomes blocked. It can range from mild to severe.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms: Snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, memory or learning problems or not being able to concentrate, feeling irritable or depressed, waking up frequently to urinate, dry mouth or sore throat upon waking.

Sleep Apnea Dangers: Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes; worsen heart failure; make irregular heartbeats more likely; and increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents.

Causes of Sleep Apnea: The throat muscles and tongue relax more than normal; the tongue and tonsils are large compared with the opening in the windpipe; the person is overweight.

Sleep Apnea Risk : ¬†About half of people with sleep apnea are overweight. The condition is more likely among men than women and in older people than younger people — although children with enlarged tonsils are at risk.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis: Physical exam, medical and family histories, home or in-lab sleep study.

Sleep Apnea Treatment: Lifestyle changes such as losing weight or quitting smoking; mouthpieces to adjust the lower jaw and tongue to help keep airways open; breathing devices such as the continuous positive airway pressure machine, which uses a mask and gently blows air into the throat; surgery to widen breathing passages.

Source: National Institutes of Health

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