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Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by complete or partial obstruction of the airway leading to decreases or pauses in breathing during sleep.

When you sleep, the muscles are more relaxed. This includes the muscles that help keep the throat open. Normally, your throat remains open during sleep. However, individuals with narrow throats experience airway collapse during sleep due to muscle relaxation. This results in respiratory pauses called obstructive sleep apnea.

Loud snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring occurs when air travels through a constricted airway, causing the surrounding tissues to vibrate. It is important to note that not all snorers suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

If I snore, does that mean I have obstructive sleep apnea?

About 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult women are habitual snorers. However, not all of them have sleep apnea.

A spouse will often witness their partner’s signs of sleep apnea. These signs include snoring, respiratory pauses and more. If you suspect you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, we recommend you talk to your physician about it.

Is obstructive sleep apnea dangerous for my health?

Respiratory pauses during sleep lead to numerous micro-arousals throughout the night, thus fragmenting sleep. The constant decrease in blood oxygen leads to chronic hypoxia, which may trigger arterial hypertension, heart disease and uncontrolled diabetes.

What are the main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?

The most common symptom is daytime fatigue or sleepiness.
However, there are many more symptoms such as irritability, morning headaches, trouble concentrating, night sweats, decreased libido, excessive sweating during sleep, dry mouth or sore throat etc.

Often, afflicted individuals will feel the need to take naps during the day. However these naps usually have little effect, as they, too, are fragmented due to repetitive respiratory pauses.

What are the risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea?

Not only obesity leads to obstructive apnea. There are many other factors such as the morphology of your face and neck, nasal obstruction, respiratory allergies, age, sex and family genetics. Furthermore, alcohol and cigarette smoking can increase your chances of developing obstructive sleep apnea.

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