Sleep Apnea Syndrome refers to transient cessation of respiration during sleep.
Sleep Apnea Syndrome refers to transient cessation of respiration during sleep. The most common kind of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA) - which is defined as the cessation of airflow during sleep preventing air from entering the lungs caused by an obstruction. As with many other medical conditions, sleep apnea treatment can be the direct result of physical or mental strains.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Chronic snoring
- Long pauses in breathing
- Choking, gasping, or snorting during sleep
- Constant sleepiness during the day
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Waking up feeling out of breath
- Restless sleep
- Forgetfulness, irritability, moodiness
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Kids
- Developmental delay (growth)
- Breathing through mouth instead of nose
Sleep Apnea Root Causes
- Overweight / Obesity
- Adrenal exhaustion (stress)
- Neurotransmitter dysfunction
- Over the age of 65
- Race (Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander)
- Drug abuse (alcohol, cigarettes)
Sleep Apnea Diet & Lifestyle Changes
- If you are struggling with weight issues, try and maintain a healthy exercise and nutritional food plan. Focus on organic, natural, whole foods that are low in sugar, carbohydrates, and processed ingredients.
- Try and avoid cigarette smoke, which increases bodily inflammation, fluid retention, and blocks upper airway mobility.
- In order to get a good nights rest, avoid alcohol, sedatives, and all sleep medication, especially caffeine before bed.
- Digestion requires a large surplus of energy and lots of time to absorb nutrients, so if you eat late at night, try scheduling your mealtimes at a more reasonable time.
- Your circadian rhythm (natural sleep cycle) is an important factor in the health of your sleep, so make sure your bedtime is consistent on a daily basis.
- If your airway is being blocked, try sleeping on your side.
- To avoid your nose from becoming closed at night, consider trying a natural saline spray or a neti pot.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Testing Techniques
It is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.
The risks of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea include heart attacks, strokes, impotence, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and heart disease.
There is a sleep test, called ARES Sleep Test, that Dr. Salerno uses to help diagnose sleep apnea.
Watermark, the makers of the test explains:
"After identification of appropriate candidates for testing through a validated OSA risk questionnaire, home sleep testing equipment is provided to the patient by the physician or mailed directly to the their home.
Our home sleep testing devices have been validated to be as effective as an in-lab sleep studies, yet with the convenience and simplicity of being performed in the comfort of your home at a fraction of the cost!
Upon completion of the study, the information is uploaded to the WM Sleep Portal where the study data is auto-processed, undergoes a technical QA edit and professional interpretation by our network of board certified sleep physician before being returned to the ordering physician for diagnosis, all within 48 hours."