Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. OSA occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. In some cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Loud snorers often experience OSA.
Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs because the muscles that control breathing don’t receive the proper signals from the brain.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Anyone can experience sleep apnea, even children, but the risk factors associated with this disorder include:
Treatment for sleep apnea varies, depending on the severity and type of sleep apnea a person suffers from. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. Other treatment options include oral appliances and lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, exercise, and avoiding alcohol and smoking. In extreme cases, surgery is recommended.
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or are searching for an alternative to CPAP, visit New Horizon Sleep Solutions.