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Treatment of Sleep Apnea


There is a higher rate of accidents and injuries amongst sleep-deprived
persons.
Sleep deficiency also lead to lower efficiency and lower job
performance.
Marital and social problems could arise due to sleep deprivation.
Some sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea can be life-
threatening.
Common Sleep Disorders
Insomnia
o This is the most common sleep disorder. It is characterized by
the inability to fall asleep at night, or waking up earlier than you
would like, resulting in an insufficient amount of sleep. Those
suffering from insomnia do not feel that they have rested after
their sleep. As a result, they may feel daytime fatigue and
tiredness and are easily irritable, restless as well as having
feelings of anxiety and hence stress.
Sleep Apnea
o Obstructive Sleep Apnea is characterized by obstruction of the
upper airway during sleep, causing the cessation of breathing for
30 to 90 seconds at a time. This can happen as many as 600
times every night! The pauses in breathing are alternated by loud
snores or brief gasps for air and often with movements of the
whole body. People who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea are
extremely sleep-deprived and often experience excessive
sleepiness during the day.
Snoring
o About 40 percent of adults snore. Snoring occurs when your
airway narrows to the extent that it causes the walls of your
throat to vibrate as you breathe. If the airway narrows
completely, breathing may stop altogether, as in Sleep Apnea,
causing you to gasp for air and wake up temporarily. While
simple snoring is not life-threatening, it can severely disrupt the
sleep of your partner and may be worth treating.
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