Talking about a very important sleep disorder today, the dreaded sleep apnea. Find out why having a good night's rest can be live saving in patients with sleep apnea.When trying to explain to my patients exactly what sleep apnea is I give them the analogy of holding your breath while you are sleeping but being too tired to realize it. There are 3 types of sleep apnea Obstructive, Central and Mixed type but the most common one and the one that we will discuss in the episode is Obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea(OSA) is due to the physical blockage of the airway when we sleep which can last 20-30 seconds at a time. I have had the opportunity to see patient both inside and outside the hospital who suffer from OSA and the risk factors and side effects can be deadly.
In this episode you will learn:
- What is sleep apnea?
- 5 signs and symptoms
- Who is affected by it?
- What happens if you don't treat it
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