What is Sleep Apnea?
If you are unfamiliar with the term obstructive sleep apnea, what this simply means is a medical condition that causes the muscles of the throat and tongue to relax excessively. This leads to such tissues blocking the air passage through to your lungs while you are asleep.
Blockage of the airway is quite brief, since the body would do all it can to ensure that breathing takes place. Although such a blockage is only brief, it tends to happen repeatedly throughout your sleep. This means that your sleep will be regularly interrupted throughout the night. Most likely you will end up feeling daytime sleepiness as a result of this.
Lack of sleep during the night will inevitably affect the amount of energy you have to expend during the day. This is because the body needs to relax and recover while you sleep, hence lack of sleep means that you may experiences fatigue in the daytime.
Fortunately, this condition has various treatment options. Your doctor would be able to discuss with you the most favorable choice. Out of all the other options, the two most effective and popular treatment choices include:
(i) Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
(ii) Dental appliances (mouth guards )
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