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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I can't find my cause for dystautonomia/pots and i, keep getting worse. I also have 1st degree av block sleep apnea GERD gilberts syndrome minor neuropahy and syncope. Mayo clinic could not find a cause?
Integrative doctor : If you been to mayo clinic, and they can't find a cause, and it's time to look for an integrative medical doctor who can work with you locally, and can pull all the information together, check your blood levels of various vitamins and macronutrients, spend time to review your records, and come up with a plan. It's time to start getting some answers! you have a lot going on right now that requires attention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is sleep apnea caused by not getting enough oxygen through my nose or is the problem sourced in my neck? I have chronic nasal congestion.
Not your nose: People with complete nasal blockade will simply begin to breathe through their mouth while asleep. This is not sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is closure of the airway due to obstruction of tissue in the back of the throat (posterior pharynx) and it requires surgery or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to open it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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