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Sleep Apnea Types & Symtoms

There are two main kinds of sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is the most common form of the condition. It’s caused when there’s a blockage in the airway. This can happen when the tissue that’s found towards the back of the throat collapses while a person’s sleeping.

Central sleep apnea is different than OSA because there’s not necessarily a blockage. However, in this case, the brain forgets to communicate effectively with the body, so the body doesn’t get the message that it should be breathing. The muscles don’t trigger the breathing reflex and the person will begin losing oxygen.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

One of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea is the loud snoring that most partners complain about.  Due to the snoring, the person may wake up with a very sore or dry throat.  A person may, occasionally wake up with a choking or gasping sensation.  If this happen often throughout the night, this could eventually affect the person with having lack of energy or tiredness during the day and/or morning headaches.  As a result, forgetfulness, mood changes and decrease interest in sex may develop.


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