Sleep Apnea – A Complete Overview

Sleep Apnea is a common health problem with over 20% of the adult population affected. Most people who have this problem complain of having difficult, shallow breathing during their sleep. They also experience tiredness and irritability the next day due to lack of deep sleep. This sleep disorder usually occurs due to an obstruction in the airway caused by the collapse of the soft palate or uvula. This results in the passage of air through the mouth, but no air is able to reach the back of the throat and cause it to vibrate, which is what we know as snoring.Do you want to learn more? Visit Metro Sleep – Tuckahoe Sleep Apnea

There are several reasons for the development of sleep apnea, but in most cases, the condition is hereditary. In other cases, it can be caused by physical abnormalities in the soft tissues of the airway such as tonsils or adenoids, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or a deviated septum. A deviated septum can block the airway while people with tonsils sometimes develop a condition known as “Tonsil Stones”. Another cause for sleep apnea is due to abnormal tissue growth in the upper respiratory tract like uvula, tongue, palate, and throat.

The treatment for people suffering from sleep apnea depends on its causes and its severity. It could range from simple lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and losing weight, to complex surgical procedures like “Laryngoplasty” and “Otoplasty”. If breathing is difficult due to the condition, then you may need to wear a PAP or positive air pressure machine. As a last resort, sedatives are sometimes used.