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Sleep Apnea: Symptoms, Risks, Diagnosis and Treatments Category: Sleep

According to a study by International Islamic University Malaysia in 2021, 32.9% of Malaysian adults who attended primary health clinics were at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. You might have sleep apnea if you struggle to fall asleep, feel sleepy during the day, or experience other signs of poor sleep.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

The type of sleep apnea that occurs most frequently is OSA. While you're sleeping, the airway collapses, which can make you gasp and choke.

This condition always develops if your airway is blocked while you are sleeping. As a result, you might snore loudly, wake up frequently, or even experience breathlessness.

What Are The Risks?

Your risk for other health issues can rise if you have sleep apnea. For instance, it contributes to insulin resistance. Additionally, it may make it difficult for you to control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and other organs.

Sleep apnea is more prevalent in overweight individuals. You can discuss a treatment plan with your doctor if you have obesity.

OSA Diagnosis

Your doctor might advise a sleep study to assist in the diagnosis of your sleep apnea.

Sensors are used in these studies to measure information such as oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing patterns, and others. They can be completed at a sleep facility or in the convenience of your own home.

CPAP Treatments

Some people can control their sleep apnea by making lifestyle adjustments, like quitting smoking or losing weight.

With the aid of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, OSA can be treated. The mask used with a CPAP machine has a hose attached to it. To find out if you qualify for a CPAP machine, you should consult a sleep doctor.

Good news is that sleep apnea diagnosis can be made conveniently and successfully with a home-based sleep study. To learn more about the CPAP sleep apnea treatments and the home sleep trial, get in touch with The Air Station in Malaysia.


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