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What is Sleep Apnea?

Statistics show that 35% of people in Malaysia have one or more kinds of sleeping disorders. Sleep apnea, one of the common types of sleep disorders, is a condition that causes disruptions in breathing during sleep.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

The symptoms of sleep apnea include excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and irritability. In severe cases, it can affect heart function and lead to other health problems. People with obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, may wake up many times during the night with shortness of breath.

The risk of developing sleep apnea increases with age and smoking. Obstructive sleep apnea is also more common among men than women. If you are overweight, you have a higher risk of developing OSA.

Sleep Apnea Test

A physical examination is often used to diagnose sleep apnea. Some of the factors that can be evaluated are weight, neck circumference, and the position of the tongue. Also, your doctor may check for signs of enlarged tonsils and adenoids.

During a sleep apnea test, you will sleep at a clinic, where your body's rhythms are monitored. You will also have blood tests and hormone levels checked. This can help rule out other endocrine disorders.

Doctors may recommend certain medications to help manage the symptoms of sleep apnea. These medicines relax the muscles in the throat.

CPAP Treatment

Another way to treat obstructive sleep apnea involves a continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP machines. A mask is worn over your nose during the night. Air is blown into your airway to keep it open.

If you or your spouse have noticed pauses in your breathing while you are asleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. In mild forms of the sleep disorder, your doctor may only suggest changes in your diet and lifestyle. Sleep apnea can be diagnosed through a sleep apnea test. Talk to your doctor or The Air Station in Malaysia about home sleep test study and CPAP treatment.


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