What makes sleep apnea an especially dangerous problem is that many people don’t know they suffer from it. As if unpleasant sleep apnea symptoms like headaches and fatigue aren’t bad enough, you may also be subjecting yourself to invisible health risks like heart disease.
What are the causes of sleep apnea? Read Transcript
There are two principle types of sleep apnea. The vast majority of apneas that people have are called obstructive sleep apnea. There is another type of apnea called central sleep apnea, which is less common, and that's really where the brain is just not telling the body to breathe, but the vast majority of people struggle with obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by the tongue and other tissues falling back and occluding, or blocking, the airway, so really collapsing during sleep, preventing airflow.
The patient is trying to breathe, and yet everything is collapsed. And it creates this cycle where it could go on for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 or more seconds at a time where your patient is not breathing, and then the body, something triggers the body to have an arousal, and they might kind of gasp or choke or just turn and twist. The body is fighting for oxygen, and there's an arousal and the patient is not necessarily gonna arouse and become awake, but they're gonna wake up enough to start breathing again. Then the problem is that this will continue over and over and over again throughout the night depending on how severe a case they have, but that's why the people wake up and they're not very well rested.
At Better Sleep Carolina, we’ll examine you and discuss your sleep issues in detail. This helps us better understand your sleep apnea problem so we can establish a custom treatment plan for you. Call us today at 984-217-1614 to book a complimentary consultation.
Sleep apnea can affect people of any age, even children. However, those 40 years old and up are more likely to suffer from it. And men are more likely to have this sleep condition than women.
Other common causes of sleep apnea include:
- Excess weight (BMI of 25 or higher)
- History of sleep apnea in your family
- Large neck (17 inches or higher for men and at least 16 inches for women)
- Narrow throat
- Deviated septum (again, our imaging can help reveal this issue)
- Brain failing to signal the body to breathe (central sleep apnea)
Millions of Americans have these risk factors, but they aren’t aware they may be linked to their sleep problems. Call us at 984-217-1614 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We’ll help you determine if you have sleep apnea and recommend the best course of treatment for you.