Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three different types of sleep apnea a patient can be diagnosed with, and those are:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This occurs due to obstruction of the airway. The muscles in the back of your throat relax, causing the blockage. This stops the flow of oxygen from reaching your lungs, which your brain will quickly recognize and suddenly wake you up so you can breathe again.
- Central sleep apnea (CSA): This occurs when your brain doesn’t send the right signals to your body to breathe properly, resulting in pauses in breathing for a short period of time.
- Mixed sleep apnea: This is a combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
When it comes to sleep apnea, it’s critical to know its signs and symptoms. The symptoms of this disorder can be seen both physically and psychologically but can vary from patient to patient. Understanding the main causes and signs of sleep apnea can prevent you from encountering other health complications.
The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Fatigue during the day
- Memory problems
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Lack of motivation and energy
While anyone at any age can develop sleep apnea, there are certain people that are more likely to experience it, including males and older patients. Overweight patients also pose a higher risk due to a larger neck circumference.
Smokers and patients who drink alcohol excessively, have nasal congestion, or a family history of the condition are also more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. If you snore loudly and fall into one of these high-risk groups, it’s important to talk to Dr. Stern about your symptoms.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Quality sleep plays a vital role in the way your body functions. Without it, your brain is unable to properly regulate hormones and file your memories from the day. Sleep apnea can also lead to weight gain, which can increase the severity of the disorder.
Other health complications that can occur due to untreated sleep apnea include:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Alzheimer’s disease
Luckily, if you feel you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, Dr. Stern offers effective treatment plans to get your sleep apnea under control. Our solutions work to keep your airway open, ensuring you get the quality sleep you need.
Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC
Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC is committed to helping patients with sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea that interferes with their day to day life. Dr. Stern is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and holds more than 2 decades of experience in the field.
Dr. Michael Stern
Learn More About Sleep Apnea & Your Health
Being able to identify the cause of your snoring or daytime fatigue can help save you from further health complications. At Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC, Dr. Stern and our exceptional team can properly diagnose and treat your sleep apnea. To schedule an appointment, call our Willoughby Hills office at (440) 833-6008.