Sleep apnea is a disorder to affects people while sleeping. Their breathing is interrupted, which can cause patients to stop breathing altogether at times; more dangerous sleep apnea means this process happens hundreds of time repeatedly, which means the brain and the entire body is not getting enough oxygen.
There are two kinds of sleep apnea including Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). The first is more common and is caused by a blocked airway. Soft tissue on the back of the patient’s throat will collapse during sleep, which causes the blockage. CSA is entirely different; the brain fails to signal the muscles to continue breathing while asleep. This is a result of instability in the respiratory control center and has nothing to do with a blocked airway.
Depending on your sleep apnea condition and the severity of your symptoms, your doctor can recommend different treatments including therapies or surgeries to help you deal with sleep apnea.
1. Lifestyle Changes
If you have a mild case of sleep apnea, you may not need to have a medical treatment beyond lifestyle changes. It might seem difficult at first to change everyday habits like smoking cigarettes or eating unhealthy foods; however, your physician can explain the benefits and risks of not making these decisions. Even if you try to quit and succumb to temptation, you should never give up. Continue to set daily, weekly, and monthly goals towards healthier living. After succeeding for a few days, you will already notice positive outcomes regarding your health and happiness. If you can keep it up for weeks into months and years, then your body will rid itself of other ailments and stresses besides a mild condition of a sleeping disorder.