Sleep apnea disturbs your sleep caused by repetitive cessations of breath during sleep. These pauses are due to blockage of upper air way and associated with lowering of blood oxygen supply to vital parts of the body. The pauses in the breath during sleep are called apneas. Patients with decreased muscle tone and increased soft tissue around the airway give rise to a narrowed airway are at high risk for this syndrome. This syndrome is commonly seen along with snoring. Persons sleeping alone mostly unaware of their condition, until a bed partner notice the symptoms. Generally it can be diagnosed by patientâs history and other tests like polysomnography and tethering of the patient, Retrognathia or micrognathia, Pulmonary hypertension, Congestive heart failure, Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sleep apnea prdominantely seen in male adult population. It has high impact to prone to other risk factor, for cardiovascular sequelae such as ischemic heart attacks and stroke. sleep apnea diagnosis done through polysomnographic studies. sleep apnea requires sleep laboratories with expensive equipment and attending personnel. Sleep apnea can be treated effectively using nasal ventilation therapy
Last date updated on June, 2014