Sleep Apnea

Definition of Sleep Apnea:

A sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops for more than ten seconds, then restarts.

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Bariatric Surgery Complications

...the condition
“...Risk of complications is increased by ... Pre-existing sleep apnea...”

Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)

...the condition
“...The following factors are associated with bruxism ... Disturbed sleep patterns and other sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, hypopnea, snoring, moderate daytime sleepiness...”
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Excessive Fatigue

...relationship to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
“In individuals with sleep apnea, the brain detects that they are not getting rid of enough CO₂, so it wakes up briefly in an alarmed state...”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...Some of the complications of hormonal imbalances include ... Sleep apnea – a study found that as many as 50% of women with PCOS also suffer from sleep apnea...”


...the condition
“...Similar conditions include hyperprolactinemia, hypothyroidism, sleep apnea and carpal tunnel syndrome...”


...the condition
“...These include ... Sleep apnea syndrome...”

Lack of Sleep

...the condition
“...This occurs with sleep apnea, marked by heavy snoring and occasional gasps for air – the person is awakened often hundreds of times a night without knowing it, gulping air due to a closed airway in the throat...”


...the condition
“...It is the second most common cause of disabling daytime sleepiness after sleep apnea.  Patients with narcolepsy face various psychosocial and work-related problems throughout their lives...”

Night Sweats

...the condition
“...body of estrogen, which brings on menopause); HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis, Hodgkin's Lymphoma and other fever-producing / immuno-suppressing disorders diseases; Diabetes; Hyperthyroidism; Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  This can be serious – if you also suffer from severe snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness, it might be time for a sleep study...”

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

...the condition
“Alternative names: Sleep apnoea Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA) is the most prevalent of the hypersomnolence disorders and affects some 4% of adult males and 2% of adult females...”
...relationship to Arrhythmias/Dysrhythmias
Sleep apnea can also result in cardiac arrhythmias...”
...relationship to Stroke
“Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) significantly increases the risk of stroke or death from any cause, and the increase is independent of other risk factors, including hypertension...”
...relationship to Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
“...A study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine suggests that sleep apnea is a risk factor for chronic hypertension and heart disease...”
...relationship to Hypothyroidism
“Hypothyroidism can present itself as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.”
...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“Obstructive sleep apnea increases a person's risk of having a heart attack or dying by 30% over a period of four to five years, according to a Yale University study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007...”
...recommendation against Testosterone
“More serious complications arising from testosterone supplementation include exacerbation of sleep apnea.”
...recommendation Physical Supports and Devices
“...CPAP treats Obstructive Sleep Apnea by providing a gentle flow of positive-pressure air through a mask to help keep the airway open during sleep...”
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Problems Associated With Snoring

...the condition
“...If the snoring is suspected to be a symptom of a more serious disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, the patient will require further testing...”
...relationship to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Sleep apnea manifests itself in most people as loud snoring interrupted by periods of obstructed breathing or breath holding...”
...recommendation Physical Supports and Devices
“...The device increases the space behind the tongue, which lessens snoring and may help obstructive sleep apnea.  They can be obtained from those dentists familiar with them...”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...the condition
“...Fatigue (especially after exertion), shortness of breath, decreased energy, palpitations, irregular heart beat, edema (especially swelling of the feet and legs), sleep apnea (Pickwickian syndrome) and respiratory obstruction (for obesity to cause sleep apnea and respiratory obstruction it must be severe)...”

Sleep-Disordered Breathing

...related topic
“...A significant proportion of adults are thought to experience sleep-disordered breathing, which includes snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS).”

Vascular Dementia

...the condition
“...Risk factors include ... sleep apnea...”

Weight Loss Surgery a treatment
“...obese (BMI over 40), or those who are moderately obese (BMI 35-40) and suffer from obesity-related medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, arthritis, or sleep apnea.  However, Lap-Band surgery is approved for those with a BMI of at least 30 who have at least one obesity-related medical condition...”
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