1. What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder, which is potentially serious. It causes interruptions in breathing repeatedly during sleep due to some obstruction in the breathing pathway like the nose, or the throat or inside the lungs.
2. What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?
Symptoms and signs of sleep apnea include:
• Snoring loudly
• Headaches in the morning
• Difficulty paying attention during the day
• Waking up in the morning with a sore throat or a dry mouth
• Abruptly waking up with choking or gasping sensation at night
• Feeling excessively sleepy during the day
• Observed patterns of stopped breathing during sleep
3. What causes obstructive sleep apnea?
The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is obesity or excess body weight in adults. In children, enlarged tonsils, a large overbite, Down syndrome, and tumour growth in the airway are common causes of obstructive sleep apnea.
4. How does CPAP help reduce obstructive sleep apnea?
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine delivers adequate air pressure through a mask to keep the upper airway passages open, thereby, preventing obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
5. Are there any home remedies to reduce obstructive sleep apnea?
Following tips can help reduce obstructive sleep apnea:
• Quit smoking
• Exercise regularly (atleast 30 minutes of brisk walking or any moderate activity on most days of the week)
• Sleep on your abdomen or side instead of the back
• Lose excess body weight
• Avoid taking sleeping pills and tranquilizers
• Avoid drinking alcohol