Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
People suffering from OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea ) have repeated obstructions in the upper air passages during sleep. This causes frequent drop in the blood oxygen levels. It is a condition that can go undetected for months and even years resulting in multiple medical problems. To name them:
- High blood pressure
- Heart diseases
- Memory disorder
- Sexual problems
- Shortened life span
You need to be aware of this, because the condition needs to be diagnosed and treated to prevent the corollary medical conditions. Your doctor will take note of your medical history and conduct a few tests, including a sleep study called polysomnography, to diagnose your condition and prescribe
OSA can occur at any age but typically for different reasons. In children, OSA is frequently caused by enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Treating these specific conditions, offers the cure. In adults, losing weight if obese, good lifestyle habits, cutting down on alcohol and desisting from sleeping pills and muscle relaxants may just be enough. But then you need to stick by these healthy habits.
If these measures do not work, a method to keep open the upper airways in sleep called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may have to be considered.
Surgery is sometimes helpful but should not be the first option.