Sleep-related hypoxemia is a type of sleep-related breathing disorder. Its main characteristic is an abnormally low oxygen level in the blood. This disorder is also referred to as sleep-related hypoxia or nocturnal hypoxemia. Hypoxemia is dangerous and can cause hypoxia. This happens when blood is unable to carry enough oxygen… Read More »Sleep-related Hypoxemia
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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.
- Sleep-related Hypoxemia
- Central Sleep Apnea
- Sleep-related Hypoventilation
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Chronic Snoring
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.
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.
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 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.
Central Sleep Apnea is a disorder wherein breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. This type of sleep apnea is less common compared to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Central sleep apnea is a result of the brain’s inability to send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. This breathing-related sleep… Read More »Central Sleep Apnea
Sleep-related hypoventilation is a breathing-related sleeping disorder. In most cases, this disorder appears simultaneously with other sleep disorders. This disorder restricts a patient’s breathing. This leads to low levels of oxygen in the blood. It can also cause increased levels of carbon dioxide in the blood. Sleep-related hypoventilation can occur… Read More »Sleep-related Hypoventilation
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is also referred to as Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea. It is a sleep disorder characterized by the cessation or significant decrease in airflow while a person sleeps. This is a common type of sleep-disordered breathing. Those who suffer from OSA often experience recurrent episodes of upper airway… Read More »Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a common sleeping disorder. Although anyone can get affected by snoring, it’s a condition that is more common among men and overweight individuals. Snoring can also worsen with age. Snoring from time to time is nothing to worry about. It is often more bothersome to the sleeping partner… Read More »Chronic Snoring