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Sleep Disorders – Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder, affecting roughly 5% Indians

What is sleep apnea?

This is a kind of disorder and condition where your breath can become too shallow. Patients suffering from sleep apnea many times face this condition of shallow or short breath or they may even stop breathing for a while, while in sleep. Though it is not necessary that this may happen to all the patients suffering from sleep apnea but can happen with many.

Obstructive sleep apnea can happen when something completely or partly blocks your airway while you are in sleep or while your eyes are shut. People with untreated sleep apnea many continue to face this problem quite often while sleeping. This means that their brain, while asleep, may sometimes not get enough oxygen while breathing. When this obstruction takes place, people while asleep might stop breathing in the middle for few seconds. Their breath is back after a short while with a long gasp or a loud snore.

Many a time’s people are not even aware that they are suffering from this condition, as this happens when they are asleep. This condition happens when your diaphragm and chest muscles work very hard to open the obstruction caused by the airway and thus pull air into the lungs. Your breath resumes with a loud gasp or a snort or a body jerk. The patient suffering from this condition might not be able to sleep well, but will not be aware of this condition. This is a very common condition and can happen with many people.

People suffering from this condition might suffer from breathing issues that can arise later as they age. Sleep apnea also reduces the flow of oxygen levels to the vital organs and can cause heart problems as well.

What are its Symptoms?

These are the warning signs that a patient suffering from obstructive sleep apnea suffers from –

  • If you are sleeping with your partner, you might notice this problem with them. However, they might not be able to know about this problem.
  • Heavy and loud snoring is a sign of sleep apnea.
  • Restlessness with sleep.
  • Waking up suddenly and feel like choking.
  • Falling short of breath
  • Night sweats are common with people suffering from this condition
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Headache in the morning
  • Depression and anxiety

How to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Here are few things which can be done to treat it.

  • One can get rid of this problem if the person quits smoking. A chain smoker can fall a prey to this problem.
  • One who’s a heavy drinker can also suffer from this problem. Hence he/she must quit smoking.
  • If you are obese, you need to lose weight. Usually, obese people tend to have this problem.
  • Start regular exercise.
  • Avoid heavy meals at night or any time before you go to sleep.


These were some common symptoms for those who suffer from this condition. If you are well aware of such symptoms, it is mandatory that you consult your doctor. Avoiding such problems in former stage might affect you with some serious heart and breathing troubles in near future.

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