Every breath counts! Sleep apnea is a common condition that usually goes untreated. Find out all about the symptoms & treatment of sleep apnea, with this article.
The works of Charles Dickens have formed a major part of the growing up years of many people. We all would recollect works such as 'Oliver Twist', 'David Copperfield', 'Great Expectations', 'A Tale of Two Cities' and 'The Pickwick Papers'. His literary productions had such a strong influence that many people related to the fictional characters in real life and referred to their examples as if they were in real. One such example is the term ‘Pickwickian Syndrome’, which was coined by William Osler - a 20th century physician. The syndrome is known as an ‘Obstructive Sleep Apnea’ today. Osler had coined this term with Joe 'the fat boy' from 'The Pickwick Papers' in mind. The character of Joe accurately exemplified the clinical condition of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Sleep apnea is condition wherein people tend to cease breathing during sleep. This can last from a few seconds to a minute, and can be harmful, even fatal if not treated in time. There are three kinds of sleep apnea, namely obstructive, central and mixed. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common and caused when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses, leading to obstruction in the airway. In people with central sleep apnea, the brain is not able to transmit signals to the muscles to breathe. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central conditions. In order to identify and treat sleep apnea in time, the symptoms need to be recognized and the right treatment adopted. Listed below are the symptoms of sleep apnea, along with the possible treatment.
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