WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?Learn more about your sleeping disorder, and how to treat it, from the experts at West Virginia Sleep Centers in Beckley WV
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects over 18 million Americans annually, and is as common as type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, sleep apnea often goes untreated because the person suffering from it is unaware they have it. Sleep apnea is not only dangerous in itself, but can cause you more serious, life-threatening complications if left undiagnosed and untreated. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression are all risks that arise from untreated sleep apnea. There are three types, including obstructive, central, and mixed.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common among the three, and is caused by a blockage in the airway, where the soft tissue of the throat collapses during sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central Sleep Apnea does not cause a blockage, but instead is a result of the brain failing to signal the breathing muscles.
Mixed Sleep Apnea
Mixed Sleep Apnea is a combination of Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea disorders.
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Sleep apnea is most common in males; especially those of African American or Hispanic heritage, but can also affect women and children. There are often warning signs of sleep apnea, including loud snoring, obesity, overwhelming daytime sleepiness, dry mouth and headaches upon awakening, and waking breathless throughout the night.