Press Play To Discover What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is All About
Before you watch the next video I would like to point out a couple of things to watch for
The video above gives you a excellent clinical description and explanation of what happens in an obstructive sleep apnea episode... Do you know someone who snores or stops breathing when sleeping? I will warn you that it may feel a bit uncomfortable to watch the next video and see it happen in real life. But it is important that you see what is happening. When the man stops breathing, notice how his chest and stomach are pumping, trying to get some air into the lungs. But since his airway is blocked, he can't get air into his lungs... It only causes acid reflux (GERD). Notice how it looks like he is waking up momentarily so he can open his airway to breath. He doesn't know this is happening and he probably thinks he sleeps all night... But this episode resets his sleep cycle over again. The video is uncomfortable to watch but it is important to see what is happening. When he stops breathing, breath out and see if you can hold your breath as long as he does. (An apnea event is when you breath out all your air and then the airway is blocked). You will probably notice feeling uncomfortable as changes occur in your body.
Go ahead and watch it now and breath out all your air and try to hold your breath with him.
That Was Hard To Watch... But what if that is how you or your bed partner are sleeping and you don't even know it's happening? Your oxygen level can be dropping to dangerously low levels at night. You will never feel rested and your body will begin to show the effects of being oxygen deprived.
These effects can be high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, E.D., daytime tiredness, falling asleep while driving or watching TV, cancer, stroke, and more.
Watch The Next Video...See How The Body Tries To Wake Itself
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Your Health Is At Risk
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Sleep Apnea in Children
Depending on age, children need different amounts of sleep. Without the proper amount of sleep, children can develop issues such as:
- Difficulty with memory and attention, leading to poor school performance
- Mood swings
- Behavioral issues or hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
- Delayed reaction times
- Weight gain
To help your child stay healthy and have strong development as they grow up, encourage regular bedtime routines and good sleep habits.
Snoring, Snorting, and Mouth Breathing
Most children snore on occasion. Some common reasons for snoring include allergies, a stuffy nose, or a respiratory infection. If you notice your child snores loudly and frequently, she or he may have sleep apnea. Sudden snorts or gasps while sleeping and/or regular breathing through the mouth during the day can also be signs of sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea in Children?
Sleep apnea in children is most often the result of the child’s tonsils and adenoids blocking their airway as they sleep. Children with sleep apnea typically snore habitually and experience pauses between breaths. After a pause in breathing, these children will likely gasp or snort as they regain their breath. This is often accompanied by a jerking motion that can disrupt sleep. The poor sleep quality and reduced oxygen intake caused by sleep apnea can ultimately result in problems such as difficulty staying focused in school, behavioral issues, and other health concerns. Some other signs of sleep apnea in children include:
- Poor performance in school
- Falling asleep or daydreaming throughout the day
- Habitual, loud snoring
- Heavy sweating while sleeping
- Tossing and turning at night
- Hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
- Speaking with a nasal voice
- Breathing through the mouth during the day
If you suspect your child might have sleep apnea and you are in the Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, or Post Falls area, please contact our office at (844) 847-6673 to learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnson.
Websters dictionary defines apnea as: “brief periods of recurrent cessation of breathing during sleep that is caused especially by obstruction of the airway or a disturbance in the brain's respiratory center and is associated especially with excessive daytime sleepiness”.
That is a dictionary clinical explanation of sleep apnea. Let’s look a bit more in depth in simpler terms. As the definition says, there is more than one kind of sleep apnea.
Central Sleep Apnea
The first type is central sleep apnea. This type occurs when the brain doesn't send proper signals that tell you to breathe. Fortunately central sleep apnea is uncommon and is detected in the sleep test.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. It lives up to its name simply by the fact that in a relaxed state, the back of the tongue actually falls back or is sucked back in your throat, narrowing or completely closing off your airway.
As this is happening a snoring sound is heard as the airway gets smaller and the speed of the air moving increases. When the airway closes off completely, the snoring sound will stop.
When this happens the lungs have the impossible task of trying to move air in and out. The brain is alerted that carbon dioxide levels are increasing and oxygen levels are dropping. Immediate action is needed! You can live about 3 weeks without food, about 3 days without water, but only about 3 minutes without oxygen! Thus your brain alerts you and you come out of the stage of sleep you were in just enough to move your tongue and save your life. You then go back to stage 1 of sleep--you may never get to stage 5 of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
This can happen as often as 100 times every hour for 10 seconds at a time! And the average obstruction lasts 30 seconds! Obstructive sleep apnea is serious. This kind of low quality sleep will certainly cause health issues and quality of life will suffer because of it.
Not all snoring is from sleep apnea. Just because someone snores doesn't mean that they have obstructive sleep apnea…But 70% of those who snore have obstructive sleep apnea . Proper sleep testing is the only way to be sure.
Who Gets Sleep Apnea
Men and women of any age can have obstructive sleep apnea--from infants to senior citizens. It is not a disease--it is a condition and it is TOTALLY treatable. Obstructive sleep apnea is a structural problem that can be inherited or caused by various things including, but not limited to weight gain, medications, certain foods, tonsils, whiplash, etc. If mom and dad have it, the kids most likely have it too.
Obstructive sleep apnea treatment can involve lifestyle changes, surgery, a machine to keep your airway open (CPAP, BiPAP, AutoPAP), or a simple oral appliance worn in your mouth at night to keep your jaw and tongue forward during sleep known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD).
You need to be tested. A person with obstructive sleep apnea will lose an average of 8 to 10 years off their life!