Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is a common condition which is often ignored by most people but it can lead to severe risk factors. These may include Heart attack, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Memory problems, Stroke, Hormones disruption, increased day time sleepiness causing accidents and many others. If proper measures are not taken for diagnosis and treatment the consequences can be life threatening. Other associated features of OSA are Snoring, Nightmares, Sleep walking, Bed wetting, Insomnia, Depression, Dementia, Epilepsy, Asthma.
One should observe the person who is snoring and should note the symptoms closely for example sudden waking up during sleep, gasping, choking, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headache, dryness of throat, these are some of the alarming signs associated with OSA. So when these signs are observed one must consult a specialist.
Diagnosis of OSA
The diagnosis can be made by determining the cause of OSA which is done by performing Sleep evaluation, Sleep study and Sleep endoscopy.
Treatment will depend on investigations and need of patient. Some of the common treatments include:
In nutshell, Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea can deteriorate ones health and wellness. Early intervention will lead to good quality of life.
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