Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder caused by the repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep. It is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder. OSA occurs when the muscles supporting the soft tissues in our throat, such as our tongue and soft palate, relax.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. It causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.
There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. This type of apnea occurs when the throat muscles intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep. A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.
SYMPTOMS OF OBSTRUCTIVE 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
- Experiencing mood changes, such as depression or irritability
- High blood pressure
- Nighttime sweating
- Decreased libido
CAUSES OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of our throat relax too much to allow normal breathing. These muscles support structures including the back of the roof of our mouth (soft palate), the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula), the tonsils and the tongue.
When the muscles relax, our airway narrows or closes as we breathe in and breathing may be inadequate for 10 seconds or longer. This may lower the level of oxygen in our blood and cause a buildup of carbon dioxide.
our brain senses this impaired breathing and briefly rouses you from sleep so that we can reopen our airway. This awakening is usually so brief that we don't remember it.
He/she can awaken with shortness of breath that corrects itself quickly, within one or two deep breaths. You may make a snorting, choking or gasping sound.
This pattern can repeat itself five to 30 times or more each hour, all night long. These disruptions impair your ability to reach the desired deep, restful phases of sleep, and you'll probably feel sleepy during your waking hours.
People with obstructive sleep apnea may not be aware that their sleep was interrupted. In fact, many people with this type of sleep apnea think they slept well all night.
HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
ARSENIC ALBUM : Useful for obstructive sleep apnoea with breathing difficulties at night.Useful for the patient with fearful, tense and agitated response to illness.
LACHESIS : Useful for obstructive sleep apnoea for fearful and anxious patient with loquocity.
SULPHUR : Useful for obtructive sleep apnoea especially for nighttime congestion and sweating. There is wheezing cough and congested head.Best suited for emotionally sheltered individuals who bottle up their feelings.
SPONGIA : Useful for congestive sleep apnea for those who suffers with respiratory symptoms that worsen when lying down.e.t.c
OR AS DIRECTED BY PHYSICIAN