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Sleep-related Breathing Disorders

Sleep-related-breathing-disorders are also called Sleep-disordered breathing. When a person has this kind of disorder he experiences difficulty breathing while asleep. The most common sleeping disorder under this type is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. However, there are other sleeping disorders under this group.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Although there are other types of sleep apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type. OSA occurs when a person’s throat muscles intermittently relax during sleep. This results in the blockage of the airways during sleep.

Chronic Snoring

A snore is a harsh sound caused by the vibration of the tissues of the throat. Snoring is a sleep disorder that can affect almost anyone. However, it is more common among men and overweight individuals. Snoring is something that everyone experiences once in a while. However, chronic snoring can be problematic. It can affect a person’s sleeping partner. Snoring can also be a result of a more serious health condition.

Central Sleep Apnea

Central Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder where a person’s breathing stops and starts repeatedly while he is sleeping. Unlike OSA where a blockage in the airway causes the breathing disruption, Central Sleep Apnea is concerned with the brain. The brain fails to send signals to the muscles responsible for breathing.

Sleep-related hypoventilation

This sleep disorder happens when a person’s breathing is restricted during sleep. As a result, the body has lowered levels of oxygen or elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream.

Sleep-related hypoxemia

Sleep-related Hypoxemia occurs when the oxygen levels in the blood become unnaturally low. The decrease in the oxygen level may be caused by another sleep-related disorder such as sleep apnea or hyperventilation. When the oxygen saturation levels drop below 90 percent, a person has hypoxemia. Once the oxygen saturation levels drop to below 80 percent, that person already has severe hypoxemia.

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