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Die During Sleep Sleep Apnea
Death from apnea-yes: There is a five fold risk of dying from cancer with severe sleep apnea. Also a higher risk of heart disease. With daytime sleepiness, there is an increases risk of traffic accidents. After general anesthesia or narcotic pain medicine, there is an increased risk of dying in your sleep. If you awaken frequently, snore heavily, or have daytime sleepiness, would be wise to check with your doctor. ...Read more
Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more
Yes, sleep apnea: Have your friend check the epworth sleepiness scale http://www. Stanford. Edu/~dement/epworth. Html sleep tests can be performed in a sleep lab or with ambulatory sleep monitors which measure oxygen level, respiratory effort and nasal airflow. If airflow is decreased or is blocked by throat closure more than 5 times/hour, he has sleep apnea and can be treated with CPAP -continuous + airway pressure. ...Read more
Would an in-lab overnight assessment for sleep apnea also identify seizures during sleep, if they were occurring?
In a person with sleep apnea, what causes the rises and falls in oxygen saturation of arterial blood during sleep?
Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is defined as stopping breathing for 10 seconds. During that time, the body is not getting any oxygen. In addition, there can be instances that last less than 10 seconds, or where a less than adequate effort to breath is attempted. These also reduce the oxygen intake. ...Read more
Completed sleep study and have mild sleep apnea. Oxygen recorded during sleep 86%. Will a CPAP machine help ease my high rate of PVCs (20, 000) a day.
CPAP and PVCs: Hi Derrick, there is data that demonstrates that CPAP usage does decrease the number of PVCs, but this was only in patients diagnosed with heart failure. Keep in mind that regular CPAP usage should improve any current symptoms related to sleep apnea such as day time fatigue and will also prevent long term complications such as pulmonary hypertension. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Hi there, apparently I stop breathing while sleeping. I suspect it may be sleep apnea. What can one do?
Specialist: I suggest a board certified pulmonologist and formal sleep studies and a medical workup, including a routine chest x-ray; however the sleep study is the gold standard to make the diagnosis. ...Read more
Can you have interruptions from breathing (sleep apnea) while sleeping on your side, or does it only occur while sleeping on your back?
What causes heavy exhaling while sleeping? Normal inspiration, but just a forceful exhale. Doesn't seem like sleep apnea. Just deep sleep?
Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?
Right on the brink: Typically, O2 sats while asleep in a healthy individual should be >90. If yours are typically hitting 90 or below then, I'd say you are right in the crack between barely normal and barely abnormal. I'd think for a 19 year old nonsmoker you could do a bit better than that so it all depends on what else is going on. That number by itself doesn't diagnose OSA but "yes" you could have it. ...Read more
My heart stopped a number of times while asleep, in hospital and measured - up to 4.5 seconds, could it be sleep apnea?
Hello I noticed that my husbands (55yr) temple area is swollen. He has sleep apnea & wears the cpap machine while sleeping. He has very low energy.?
CPAP not calibrated?: If his energy is low, he may not be getting sufficient oxygen and his sleep patterns are not allowing for him to get the restorative sleep that he needs. He should get the pressure checked on his cpap. If CPAP continues to fail him, talk to a certified dentist that treats sleep apnea with an oral appliance. You can find one at aadsm. Org. ...Read more
My 10 year old daughter is overweight and she snores whilesleeping. She is always disturbed while sleeping and alsohas a bed wetting problem. Do children get sleep apnea?
Sleep Apnea: About 10% children that age would snore in their sleep, but only 1-3% of snorers have obstructive sleep apnea. Possible causes are; enlarged tonsil/adenoids, obesity, genetic syndromes such as down's syndrome, family history of sleep apnea. I recommend her pediatrician evaluate to rule out apnea. Wish her well. ...Read more
Indirectly: Untreated sleep apnea causes drops in oxygen levels during sleep, this causes a release of catecholamines which are of "stress hormones". Over time this can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Overtime these can lead to death. In addition the sleep deprivation leads to increase car accidents, which can be fatal. Treatment helps avoid this. ...Read more
Yes: If totally ignored it can be a cause of death. However, that is extremely unlikely as it is usually slowly progressive and usually forces one to see a doctor because the symptoms are so miserable. ...Read more
Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is tough on your body. It happens when your airway closes off as you sleep causing disrupted sleep, snoring and fatigue and sleepiness the next day. Osa causes early mortality due to the chronic low oxygen levels at night and causes heart and lung disease and contributes to memory problems.
It is diagnosed in a sleep clinic where you check in at night, sleep in their bed with monitors on your arms, legs, head and chest for the night. If you have obvious osa they will often wake you and put a CPAP device on you to see if it helps you keep your airway open on that same night.
Cpap is a device that you wear under your nose or on your face like a mask and it helps put continuous airway pressure to keep your airway from closing.
Folks with osa describe feeling tired all the time "like I am walking through mud". They fall asleep at the wheel driving and get high blood pressure.
The diagnostic test is easy and just takes one night to help decide if this is a problem for you. ...Read more
If you are not awakened during a sleep study does that mean you probably do not have sleep apnea?
What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do I need to spend another night a
These: These are questions best posed to your sleep specialist. You should have had a post-sleep study meeting with your specialist where you would have been told the meaning of your results and been given a set of options. That is where you should have discussed your issue with sleeping own your back. It very well be that you have sleep apnea no matter in what position you sleep. Without seeing your sleep study results and having the benefit of a complete history and physical exam it is impossible to make a recommendation. ...Read more
Yes: Feeling sleepy and unable to focus during the day, falling asleep when you don’t intend to and not having a “clear head” are all symptoms of sleep apnea. If you believe you might have sleep apnea, see a sleep physician and have a sleep study done. This will provide the answers you seek. ...Read more
Probably not: Since you are breathing normal during the day the c02 levels should come back to normal unless there is another problem with your breathing... ...Read more
I have invounletary gasps during the day about 10 times and I have sleep apnea too. Getting worried.
Yes: Yes, an apnea- hypopnea index (ahi) between 5-15 is considered mild. ...Read more
Does sleep apnea make it hard to fall asleep during the night and make me fall asleep during the day?
This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more