Sleep Apnea & Symptoms: Monmouth – Ocean County, NJ

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SLEEP APNEA & SNORING

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Sleep Apnea, most commonly used to refer to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), is a sleep disorder that involves the complete obstruction of the airway while sleeping with no air entering the lungs. Apnea, means signifigant decrease in airflow. It is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and is characterized by recurrent episodes of upper airway collapse during sleep. OSA events are defined as apneas and are often accompanied with arousals from sleep. It would be very rare for a patient with snoring not to also have sleep apnea.Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is diagnosed by a sleep study called a Polysomnography (PSG), which is performed in a sleep center lab. Home study testing devices are often used as well. During an apnea event, the brain perceives the body as suffocating as a result of the decreasing oxygen levels. The brain, particularly the Hypothalamus, get activated to protect the body from the decrease in oxygen. A series of hormones are released that triggers the Pituitary Gland and the Adrenal Glands. Some of the hormones that are released are Epinephrine (adrenaline), and Cortisol. These hormones can cause great stress in the OSA patient. Sugars are also released into the blood, which stimulates the pancreas to release large amounts of insulin. It is not uncommon for OSA patients to become insulin resistant as a result of untreated OSA. Patients are often diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome, which can adversely affect blood pressure and heart rate, as well as reduce hormones—testosterone in men, and estrogen in women.

Symptoms

If you snore, are sleepy during the day, wake in the morning with constant headaches, feel like you can nap any time of the day, have trouble staying awake while driving, you may have a sleep breathing problem, most notably, Obstructive Sleep Apnea.Sleepiness is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea, causing accidents from excessive sleepiness. OSA is a very important diagnosis for physicians to consider because of its strong association with, and potential cause of, the many debilitating medical conditions, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, insulin-resistance diabetes, depression, and, as mentioned, sleepiness-related accidents.Apneas may occur hundreds of times nightly, 1-2 times per minute, in patients with severe OSA, and it is often accompanied by wide swings in heart rate, a precipitous decrease in oxygen saturation, and brief electroencephalograph (EEG) arousals with loud snoring.OSA has as its hallmark symptoms snoring, sleepiness, spouse apnea report, and hypoxia. The sleep breathing disorders expressed over time, that untreated OSA may hasten death through heart disease, hypertension, stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or vehicular or other accident due to sleepiness or other behavioral effects noted.

Who Suffers

According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are approximately 80 million people in this country with some form of sleep breathing disorders. An estimated 80-90% of Americans with OSA remain undiagnosed.

OSA is most common in people who are middle aged and older. Excessive weight predisposes the patient to OSA. OSA is slightly more common in men that woman.

Younger people may have excessive sleepiness without having OSA. Sleepiness is caused by increased arousals from sleep. Anatomically, these patients typically have narrow faces and jaw structure, high vaulted hard palates and difficulty breathing through the nose. This syndrome has been described as the Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). The demographic indicates that these patients are often young (20-40), thin, in good health, but unable to awake refreshed, sleepy most of the morning, get tired late afternoon, and crave caffeine or other stimulant to stay awake and functioning.

Other Apneas

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is similar to OSA, in that the patient is not breathing during sleep, there are significant oxygen de-saturations and the patient is being aroused from sleep. However, unlike OSA, in CSA, there is an absence of breathing effort and CSA is of neurologic origin.

Other Sleep Disorders

Another sleep disorder is Hyponea, a medical term for overly shallow breathing, when it occurs during sleep. This differs from apnea in that there is some flow of air, but results in patients not feeling rested because they didn’t get the right kind of sleep.

 

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Monmouth County, NJ

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