Sleep Apnea : Causes & Symptoms

31 March, 2022

Sleep Apnea : Causes & Symptoms


Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that can lead to serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart trouble etc.


What causes obstructive sleep apnea?

The following are some conditions associated with OSA:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much to allow normal breathing.
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • Endocrine conditions, such as hypothyroidism, acromegaly, and polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Chronic lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Neuromuscular conditions, such as a stroke, can interfere with brain signals to your chest muscles and airway
  • Heart or kidney failure, which may cause fluid to build up in your neck and obstruct the upper airway
  • Pregnancy


Symptoms of Sleep Apnea


Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:


•             Excessive daytime sleepiness

•             Loud snoring

•             Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep

•             Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking

•             Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat

•             Morning headache

•             Difficulty concentrating during the day

•             Mood changes, such as depression or irritability

•             High blood pressure

•             Decreased libido


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The blog is written by Dr. Megha Desai