The term Apnea (OSAS - obstructive sleep apnea syndrome) is Greek and means the absence of breathing. An episode of apnea is considered to occur when you repeatedly don't breathe for 10 seconds or more during sleep, is a sleep disorder that is usually caused by a blockage in the upper airways, when airflow through the nose and mouth are blocked.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
It can sometimes even last longer, more than a minute, this is a condition in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat completely close off the airway. The sleeper might not be aware of it, but the bed partner probably is because it can be really scary to hear someone suddenly stop breathing and then start snorting and gasping for air, and sometimes thrash about. An episode of a partial reduction of airflow to less than fifty percent of the person's normal breathing is called hyperpnoea (as opposed to the total absence of airflow in apnea). A person with typical apnea or hyperpnoea will have episodes of completely or partially stopped breathing that last ten seconds or longer, and will have ten or more such episodes per hour. Some people may have up to several hundred apnea and hyperpnoea episodes each night. An occasional episode of apnea is quite common, and fewer than a total of ten episodes of apnea and hyperpnoea per hour is considered normal. People who have sleep apnea usually snore loudly. Some people, even this mild apnea activity can interrupt sleep enough to cause tiredness and sleepiness the next day. Sleep apnea is a health problem that can be associated with high blood pressure, heart problems, and stroke. If you have any abnormal breathing and feel tired and daytime sleepiness, talk to your doctor about it. People with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk of traffic accidents, caused by daytime sleepiness. It is very important to staying healthy and detecting health problems early.
You may want to consult specialist if you have sever snoring that has just started recently and you haven't gained any weight.
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