Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition that can result in death if not properly treated. The disorder involves a repeated windpipe collapse, which causes a sleeper to awaken slightly due to shortness of breath. People who suffer from Sleep Apnea often experience daytime drowsiness, poor work performance and depression.
Sleep Apnea occurs when muscles in the throat relax excessively during sleep (relaxed throat muscles). Once Sleep Apnea has been diagnosed, proper treatment can aid in the prevention of Sleep Apnea or even the reversal of Sleep Apnea symptoms. Consider the following Sleep Apnea treatments:
- sleep position training
- weight loss
- quitting smoking
- avoiding alcohol
- using special oral or nasal appliances
To find out if you are suffering from Sleep Apnea and what treatments may be best for you, contact a sleep disorder clinic.