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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Summary:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, or OSAS, is a very serious disorder
that can lead to heart problems, an increased risk of a stroke and more.
Only a physician can properly diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, which
occurs when an individual’s air passage becomes blocked and breathing
stops completely on multiple occasions throughout the night.

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include fatigue, irritability, a
feeling of exhaustion, the inability to concentrate, heavy snori...


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Article Body:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, or OSAS, is a very serious disorder
that can lead to heart problems, an increased risk of a stroke and more.
Only a physician can properly diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, which
occurs when an individual’s air passage becomes blocked and breathing
stops completely on multiple occasions throughout the nig ht.

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include fatigue, irritability, a
feeling of exhaustion, the inability to concentrate, heavy snoring during
sleep and waking up short of breath or, in extreme cases, possibly even
gasping for air. Obstructive sleep apnea may cause the sufferer to awaken
as the muscles and tissue in the throat completely block the air passage
and forces them from their sleep due to a lack of air.

There are a number of ways that obstructive sleep apnea can be treated.
Often, something as simple as changing your sleeping position may help to
curb the problem. For instance, individuals who sleep on their back are
more susceptible to the tissues and muscles in their throat relaxing and
creating problems breathing. For this reason, many ex perts believe that
by simply sleeping on your side may help to eliminate the problem.
Another natural remedy for obstructive sleep apnea is weight loss. If you
are overweight, or have been diagnosed with obesity, a healthy diet and
exercise program may also help to eliminate obstructive sleep apnea.
Allergy sufferers are also likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea
because their air passages are easily blocked and may be more problematic
during the night. Ridding your home of allergens, such as cigarette
smoke, pet hair and dust may help you to breathe easier through the
night. The help of air filtration devices may also be beneficial.

If these remedies do not provide results for your obstructive sleep
apnea, consider the possible use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
(CPAP) machine. This device provides continuous air pressure to ensure
the sufferer receives air through the night. Many individuals find
comfort with another product, the Sleep Genie, which is made from a nylon
lycra blend and comfortably supports the jaw while keeping the mouth
closed during the night. The Sleep Genie is not intended to cure sleep
apnea on it’s own, but many CPAP users find additional relief because
their mouth is able to remain closed and prevent the air treatmen ts from
escaping through the night.

This article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not
be used as, or in place of, professional medical advice. Before beginning
any treatment for snoring, please consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis
and remedy.