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Differences Between the Forms of Sleep Apnea

Differences Between the Forms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that approximately twenty-two million Americans suffer from. The characteristics of the disorder are a narrowing or collapse of the airways of the mouth and nose, where the sleeping person is unable to get enough air for ten seconds or more. In some case the person may stop breathing completely. Having sleep apnea can lead to other health issue such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, irregular or abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure in the lungs or stroke. Sleep apnea can be a potential fatal disorder and if someone suspects that they may be afflicted they should consult a physician as soon as they possibly can and try to get into a sleep study to gauge how often breathing has been stopped breathing and how little air the lungs receive during the course of the night. The term sleep apnea is used as an umbrella term, but in truth sleep apnea comes in three different forms that differ in some of their symptoms as well as their treatment protocols.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea and is relatively speaking the mildest form although there is still great risk involved with any form of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is caused by the brain not sending the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Complex sleep apnea is a form where both of the causes of obstructive and central sleep apnea are present in the patient.