Many people have reported to be suffering from sleep disturbances and irregular sleep patterns. That includes insomnia, sleep apnea and even night terrors. Sleep apnea refers to a sleep disorder that occurs due to the interruptions in the breathing patterns. People suffering from untreated sleep apnea may have breathing issues during their sleep. This indicates that the brain and the body do not get sufficient oxygen. The two types of sleep apnea are as follows:
Firstly, it is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) that is due to the blocking of the air path, happening when the back of the throat’s soft tissue breakdowns while the person is sleeping.
Secondly, there is the Central Sleep Apnea. It is when the airway does not get blocked rather there is an obstruction in the brain signaling the muscles for breathing, primarily due to the uncertainty in the respiratory system.
Sleep apnea is not restricted to any age limit as it can happen to a person of any age. There are several risk factors such as a large neck size, body being overweight, age range above 40 years, gastro-esophageal reflux, mostly in males, family history of sleep apnea and also nasal blockages due to allergies, sinus problems and a deviated septum.