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What causes you to get sleep apnea?

What causes you to get sleep apnea?

Not just weight: Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box". The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited , will increase the risk of osa . Low muscle tone is also a factor. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

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


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Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Condition: Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the back of the throat closes and prevents breathing. Contributing factors include the structure of the throat which is influenced by how we develop and being over weight. Central sleep apnea is a condition where the brain does not send a signal to the lungs to breath. They are treated differently. See your physician asap if you have this problem. ...Read more

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What causes me to get woke up from gasping for my breath.I have sleep apnea. For over a yr now.

What causes me to get woke up from gasping for my breath.I have sleep apnea. For over a yr now.

Apnea = Suffocation: Like being underwater; unable to breathe. When the co2 in blood gets too high, you blast to surface for a big gasp of air. Osa occurs when airway is blocked during sleep, muscles flaccid/paralyzed. When co2 is too high, brain enters crisis mode, lightens the level of sleep to permit active muscle control and permit a big gasp to replenish o2, then back to deep sleep to do it again. Get osa treated. ...Read more

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What could be the cause that i get dry throat when i would sleep on my left side? I am suffering from sleep apnea. I don't use any machines.

What could be  the cause that i get dry throat when i would sleep on my left side? I am suffering from sleep apnea. I don't use any machines.

See below: Dry mouth upon awakening, snoring, gasping or choking for breath at night, morning headache, night time acid reflux, daytime sleepiness are all potential symptoms of sleep apnea. It is recommended you consult a sleep medicine doctor for evaluation and if needed, treatment. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How many women get sleep apnea?

How many women get sleep apnea?

Age related: 9% of women between the ages of 30 & 60 have sleep apnea. Percentage is higher with increasing age. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sleep apnea?

What is the cause of sleep apnea?

Several: Being over weight is probably the biggest risk factor. A loss of muscle tone in neck muscles as we get older. Heredity undoubtedly plays a role. Having a large tongue. Other contributing factors are an underdeveloped lower jaw, a narrow upper jaw and a high palate. These all tend to block the airway and lead to obstructive sleep apnea. In central sleep apnea the brain doesn't say to breath. ...Read more

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Can medications cause sleep apnea?

Can medications cause sleep apnea?

Unlikely: If someone has airway obstruction and bad snoring they can have something called "upper airway resistance syndrome" or "pre-apnea." sedatives or narcotics can make someone with this condition worse leading to true apnea. ...Read more

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How can you get a sleep apnea test done?

How can you get a sleep apnea test done?

Sleep MD or DDS: Sleep testing for osa can be done either in a sleep center or at home. There are sleep medicine specialists, also called sleep physicians. Valid home sleep, studies can be arranged and conducted in the privacy of your own bedroom. Dentists involved with snoring can arrange a home test as well, and the tests are interpreted by a sleep physician. Ask your md or dds for a referral or a home test. ...Read more

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What is the cause of possible sleep apnea?

What is the cause of possible sleep apnea?

Depends: There are a lot of reasons for sleep apnea starting from birth allergies, to ill formed nasal passages, high vaulted palates, ill formed dental arches, nasal patency , enlarged tongue , high bmi to name a few and these are for obstructive apnea of corse it could be central and that is a different ball game. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get obstructive sleep apnea?

Yes.: It has been published that 2% of women and 4% of men. But in my experience, i believe it is much higher. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause nocturnal enurisis in adults?

Can sleep apnea cause nocturnal enurisis in adults?

Not confirmed: The association of enuresis with obstructive sleep apnea is not confirmed. Incidental cases are reported where an individual had both conditions. ...Read more

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Do you know if mild sleep apnea can get worse over time?

Do you know if mild sleep apnea can get worse over time?

See below: Ageing, gaining weight, certain medications, worsening sleep or comorbidities, among other possibilities can possibly worsen sleep apnea. It is best to continually manage it under the care of your sleep doctor to keep it in check. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Does obstructive sleep apnea usually cause many symptoms?

Not necessarily: The number one daytime symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (osa) is sleepiness. Turns out that only about 20% of osa patients complain of sleepiness. Thus, the majoriy of osa patients may not subjectively perceive daytime symptoms. Overall, osa may be a sneaky creature which makes it imperative to actively seek for symptoms/predisposing factors. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get obstructive sleep apnea?

How common is it for somebody to get obstructive sleep apnea?

Very: There is a near epidemic of sleep apnea. Largely because it is strongly, associated with obesity, and there is an obesity epidemic in the United States. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

Lots of people do: 24% of men and 9% of women 30-60 years of age in the USA will qualify for OSA if allcomers are studied by an overnight sleep study. If only people who complain of daytime sleepiness are included, then the number drops precipitously to: 4% of men and 2% of women. Still, a pretty high prevalence, isn't it? ...Read more

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Could sleep apnea cause you to suffocate to death in your sleep?

Could sleep apnea cause you to suffocate to death in your sleep?

Not likely: Not likely. But it can lead to or compound other medical issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and high cholesterol. It is best to have it formally checked out by a sleep medicine specialist. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Possible obstructive sleep apnea --who do I see to get a diagnosis?

Possible obstructive sleep apnea --who do I see to get a diagnosis?

Sleep specialist: The standard for diagnosing sleep apnea is either a sleep test done at a sleep clinic or an overnight sleep test done at home. Information from this evidence based testing is interpreted by a board certified sleep specialist who renders a specific diagnosis from the sleep test. Dentists who provide oral appliances in treating mild and moderate sleep apnea can help arrange for sleep testing. ...Read more

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Can a benzo cause sleep apnea and should a benzo be stopped if you develope sleep apnea?

Can cause apnea: Benzodiazepines can affect the sensorium and depress respiratory drive usually at higher dosing. These effects can cause apnea which is pause spontaneous respiration. Sleep apnea is a disorder that results in apneic periods while someone sleeps. Benzodiazepines should be used cautiously in all cases, but increased caution if you have sleep apnea. ...Read more

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My sister says she has obstructive sleep apnea. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Yes: There is a strong link to obesity which has a genetic component, and there is also some increased risk to have the disease if relatively have it. ...Read more

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Did 1 night sleep test from home, diag w mod sleep apnea. How does one develop it? Can the cause of it be found and fixed? Oxyg 89% a few times.

Did 1 night sleep test from home, diag w mod sleep apnea. How does one develop it? Can the cause of it be found and fixed? Oxyg 89% a few times.

Sleep apnea.: The most common cause of sleep apnea is simply being overweight, although other conditions can contribute as well, such as hypothyroidism or even anatomic issues in the throat. Usually the cause can be inferred and addressed. In those who are overweight, losing weight can help sleep apnea go away. In the meantime, it can be treated with a BiPAP mask. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

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


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more