What is Sleep Apnoea

By | June 4, 2014

What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoeaSleep apnoea is a common condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep. Each night, thousands if not millions of people stop breathing, sometimes with potentially serious outcomes.

When you’re awake and breathe in, your muscles tense up and stop the throat from closing.

When you sleep your throat muscles relax and your throat collapses a little.

If your muscles relax too much, or your throat is very narrow to begin with, it can collapse even further. The air you breathe in becomes turbulent and produces a vibration in the throat tissues, creating the snoring sound. If your throat collapses even more, the lungs may not get enough oxygen and of course this is a very serious condition.

There are a number of different causes and aggravating factors for narrowing of the throat which worsens during sleep to cause snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea.

Mild throat narrowing will result in snoring, while more severe narrowing will lead to obstructive sleep apnoea.

Symptoms may include:

  • Snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Choking
  • Morning headache
  • Poor memory
  • Depression
  • Restless sleep
  • Bed wetting/passing urine at night
  • Breathlessness at night or day
  • Reduced libido
  • Heart burn

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