Exploring Different Types Of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which there is a very short interruption in air flow to the lungs which means you stop breathing for seconds and this takes place many times while you are sleeping decreasing the quality of sleep and giving rise to other medical problems.
When your air stops flowing into your lungs, you brain senses that and signals you to wake up a take a breath and then you go back to sleep and again you tend to continue with your sleep, while all this is taking place you will not know or remember that you are waking up frequently to take breath.
Sleep apnea can make you wake up frequently throughout the night which can disturb your sleep and you may feel tired the following day and that can interfere with your work and other chores.
Sleep apnea is of 3 types which include:
Obstructive sleep apnea – this is the common type of sleep apnea and often ignored. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which there is partial or full blockage of airflow while sleeping. The symptoms include snorting, loud gasping as you take deep breaths.
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea:
Interruptions in sleep
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Central sleep apnea – central sleep apnea happens when there is lack of communication between the brain and muscles responsible for controlling breathing.
Symptoms of central sleep apnea
Irregular breathing while sleeping
Complex sleep apnea syndrome – this type of sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Complex sleep apnea syndrome:
excessive daytime sleepiness, Loud snoring, Restless sleep, Choking sounds, Insomnia, Headaches, frequent pauses in breathing, feeling irritated, frequent urination, always feeling tried, chest pain, memory loss, poor concentration
These are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea but sometimes it becomes hard to determine the type of sleep apnea you are suffering from because all the types of sleep apnea show almost similar symptoms.