Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea
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Sleep affects our entire body. Most of the time, we aren’t sleeping as well as we could be. Sleep studies can be a way for your doctor to rule out what could be causing your symptoms.
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke in your sleep
- Memory Loss
- Increased Risk of Diabetes
- Increased restlessness
- Frequent trips to the bathroom at night
- Daytime napping or fatigue
Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts at night. You might have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.
Three types of sleep apnea.
1. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common apnea, occurs when throat muscles relax.
2. Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
3. Complex sleep apnea syndrome combines obstructive and Central apnea.
Severe obstructive sleep apnea means your AHI (Average Hypopnea Index) is greater than 30 (more than 30 episodes per hour). Moderate obstructive sleep apnea means that your AHI is between 15 and 30. Mild obstructive sleep apnea means that your AHI is between 5 and 15.