Who is at risk of sleep apnea?

There are various types of sleep apnea, the most common being obstructive sleep apnea OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea is the result of a blockage that completely close off the airway during sleep. Central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea are other types of sleep apnea, but these are rarer. All types of sleep apnea are serious and require treatment.

Factors that increase a person`s risk for obstructive sleep apnea are:

  • overweight
  • neck circumference greater than 43.18 centimeters – 17 inches
  • family history of obstructive sleep apnea
  • nasal congestion
  • smoking and consumption of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers (which increased nasal congestion and relax mucous in the throat area)

Many people with sleep apnea do not know they have it, because they do not recognize the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea commonly seek help because of daytime sleepiness or because a partner complains about their snoring. What is the purpose of night study? Sleep apnea is sometimes called the “snoring disease” because snoring is one of the symptoms, but snoring by itself does not necessarily mean that someone has seep apnea. A qualified health practitioner can diagnose the cause of Snoring and determine whether it is due to sleep apnea or by something else.

It is important to be assessed by a qualified health practitioner if you have symptoms of sleep apnea, particularly if you have risk factors, because untreated sleep apnea can also cause excessive daytime sleepiness, decreased intellectual functioning, memory loss, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes. The daytime sleepiness it causes can also be responsible for car accidents and industrial accidents.

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