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Sleep Apnea Symptom



Sleep Apnea Symptom
by Patrick Austin

Mr. Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports and health for a number of web sites including,, and He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.

Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes, and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. But because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the a vast majority of people with this problem remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences.

Sleep apnea is relatively easy to diagnose, and is a treatable disorder. Patients with sleep apnea are at greater risk for heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure. In addition, since the sleep is of poor quality, patients are often sleepy during the day. Sleepiness is associated with inability to concentrate, remember, or think. There is also increased risk in falling asleep while doing vital tasks such as driving or using heavy machinery.

Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Several treatment options exist, and research into additional options is ongoing.

The word apnea means "not breathing." There are three types of apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of those the three, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleeping period, sometimes hundreds of times during the night.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat closes during sleep.

In central sleep apnea, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.

Mixed sleep apnea, as the name implies, is a combination of the two.

With each apnea, the brain briefly arouses people to wake up in order for them to breathe again, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.

If you aren’t sure you have sleep apnea, but are concerned, here are a few symptoms you should be aware of…

Sleep Apnea Symptoms:

  • Rapid weight gain or weight loss
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Restless sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

If you have any of these sleep apnea symptoms, you might want to set up an appointment to get a sleep study done. This is where you are watched over as you sleep to see what your movements and breathing is like during your sleep.

Medical treatment involves weight loss if the person is overweight, avoidance of drugs, which increase the risk of apneas such as sleeping pills, alcohol and sedative medicines, and sometimes sleeping semi-upright.

Here are some sites that provide more information for sleep apnea symptoms…

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