What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a condition marked by abnormal breathing during sleep. People with Sleep Apnea have multiple extended pauses in breath when they sleep. These temporary breathing lapses cause lower-quality sleep and affect the body’s supply of oxygen, leading to potentially serious health consequences.
Sleep Apnea is one of the most common and undetected sleep disorders Worldwide. It can affect children and adults of both sexes, although it is more common in men. Because of Sleep Apnea’s prevalence and potential health impact, it is important for people to be aware of what Sleep Apnea is and to know its types, symptoms, causes, and treatments.
What are the types of Sleep Apnea?
There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), and complex sleep apnea syndrome (CSAS). Each type of sleep apnea has unique characteristics and treatment options, and it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis to determine the best course of action.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA occurs when the airway at the back of the throat becomes physically blocked. That obstruction causes temporary lapses in breath.
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
CSA happens when there is a problem with the brain’s system for controlling muscles involved in respiration. This leads to slower and shallower breathing.
Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (CSAS)
When a person has both OSA and CSA at the same time, it is referred to as mixed sleep apnea or complex sleep apnea.
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