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What Are The Causes Of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea happens when the tissue of your mouth and throat sags into your airway, and blocks proper breathing, often for up to 10-20 seconds.
Lots of different things can contribute to sleep apnea. These include obesity, a thick neck, being male, smoking, use of alcohol or sedative drugs, and a narrow airway.
What Are The Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms?
Loud snoring is a common and easily recognizable symptom. Snoring is typically accompanied by pauses in breathing and gasping or choking noises.
You may also have trouble sleeping, wake up with a headache or sore throat, and feel drowsy during the day, even if you have gotten enough sleep. Sleep apnea can also cause irritability, mood swings, and issues with libido (sex drive).
What Are My Treatment Options?
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are commonly used to treat sleep apnea. These machines use a face mask to pump a stream of pressurized air into your airway, preventing tissue from sagging and blocking your airway.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is also growing in popularity for minor-to-moderate apnea. This involves wearing a special mouthguard at night. This mouthguard repositions your jaw to help prevent tissue sagging and airway blockages.