Sleep Apnea Overview
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where one’s breathing stops and starts multiple times. Some people are at a greater risk of having this disorder, such as obese and elderly persons. A significant percentage of patients suffering from SA are males. Patients suffering from sleep apnea have remarked that sleep with their sides is preferable. Studies have shown that sleeping on the right side can reduce snoring and supports blood flow.
Common symptoms of this condition include:
- Loud snoring
- Daytime drowsiness even after a full night’s sleep
- Difficulty breathing while asleep
- Awakening with a dry mouth
- Morning headaches or migraine
- Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep for the required hours (insomnia)
Sleep apnea is a serious condition , and if left untreated may lead to certain health complications, including hypertension, stroke, and cardiovascular problems. A common cause of this condition is excess weight (obesity). Excess fat in the body may cause the soft tissue of the mouth and throat to block the airways. Sleeping causes the muscles in the throat and tongue to relax, and the soft tissue can cause blockage, which leaves the patient gasping for air.