Do you stop breathing (repeatedly) while you sleep? Then, you have sleep apnea. It is a condition caused by an obstructed airway or problems in the brain. A person suffering from sleep apnea usually exhibits the following symptoms:
- Snoring loudly
- Restless sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
Most people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) caused by a blocked airway. Not many get the other form, central sleep apnea (CSA); which signals a problem in the brain. Unfortunately, the victim stops breathing while sleeping – unknowingly. After the airway opens, or his or her brain receives a breathing signal, the person snorts. The victim may also choke, wake up entirely while gasping, smother, or take an unusual deep breath.
Effects of Sleep Apnea
If a person with sleep apnea doesn’t get treated, they may suffer serious health problems like depression and heart disease. The person will also always feels sleepy, which might be risky if working or driving.
*One can also find it difficult to concentrate during the day if one suffers from sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment London Ontario: Treating Sleep Apnea
You can use various methods to treat sleep apnea based on its level and cause. Whichever the treatment, the results should normalize breathing while you sleep. The following techniques work out great in treating sleep apnea;
- Lifestyle Change: The first step to treating sleep apnea is – changing your lifestyle. Keep away from alcohol and smoking, and try sleeping on your side. Reducing your weight will also work like magic.
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Treatment: It is the main treatment and entails keeping the airway open through constant pressured air supply via a mask.
- Surgery: If the CPAP does not work out well, surgery can widen the airway by removing any excess or obstructing tissue.
If you are always drowsy during the day and experiencing any of the symptoms explained above, seek urgent treatment for sleep apnea. Give us a call today and we will be glad to help.