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Sleep Apnea

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Sara Polanco

on 19 February 2014

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Transcript of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is treated with lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, breathing devices, and surgery
Lifestyle Changes:-Avoid alcohol and medicines that make you sleepy. They make it harder for your throat to stay open while you sleep.
•Lose weight if you're overweight or obese. Even a little weight loss can improve your symptoms.
Diagnosis
Physical Exam->Your doctor will check your mouth, nose, and throat for extra or large tissues. Kids who have sleep apnea might have enlarged tonsils. Doctors may need only a physical exam and medical history to diagnose sleep apnea in children.
Sleep Studies->Sleep studies are tests that measure how well you sleep and how your body responds to sleep problems. These tests can help your doctor find out whether you have a sleep disorder and how severe it is.


General Info
Sleep apnea happens when your breathing is disturbed while you sleep. You would know you have sleep apnea if you snore and wake up tired after a full nights sleep. Men who are overweight are more at risk to get sleep apnea. As well as people over 40, if left untreated it may lead to hypertension, stroke, and even heart failure.
Causes
your throat muscles and tongue relax more than normal
your aging and brain signals aren't able to keep your throat muscles stiff
your overweight so the extra fat tissue thickens your windpipe wall
Symptoms
Excessive daytime sleeping
Loud snoring
episodes of breathing cessation witnessed by another person
awakening due to shortness of breath
insomnia
morning headache
Treatment
Prevention

Don't use alcohol and medicines such as sleeping pills or sedatives before bed. this will relax your throat muscles and slower breathing.
Eat right, exercise and stay at a healthy weight.
QUIT SMOKING, Nicotine in tobacco relaxes the muscles that keep your airways open. If you don't smoke your muscles are less likely to collapse and narrow the airways at night.
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