What is sleep apnea?
When the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the upper airway, its called Sleep apnoea.
Breathing stops for a period of time (generally between a few seconds and up to one minute) until the brain registers the lack of breathing or a drop in oxygen levels and sends a small wake-up call. The sleeper rouses slightly, opens the upper airway, typically snorts and gasps, then drifts back to sleep almost immediately.
In most cases, the person suffering from sleep apnoea doesn’t even realise they are waking up. This pattern can repeat itself hundreds of times every night, causing fragmented sleep.
Types of Sleep Apnoea
The severity of sleep apnoea depends on how often the breathing is interrupted. As a guide:
• Normal less than five interruptions an hour
• Mild sleep apnoea between 5 and 15 interruptions an hour
• Moderate sleep apnoea between 15 and 30 interruptions an hour
• Severe sleep apnoea over 30 interruptions an hour.
• Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) Most common type, characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. These pauses in breathing, called "apneas" (literally, "without breath"), typically last 20 to 40 seconds.
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Symptoms of sleep apnoea
People who have obstructive sleep apnoea almost always snore loudly and usually have other symptoms, including:
• Loud repetitive snoring
• Witnessed apnoeas – stopping breathing during sleep
• Choking or gasping during sleep
• Recurrent awakenings overnight
• Restless sleep, Insomnia, Unrefreshing sleep
• Reduced motivation
• Reduced energy and mental clarity
• Irritability / Personality changes
• Waking with a headache
• Excessive daytime sleepiness / fatigue
• Impaired concentration
• Impotence, Sexual dysfunctions, Infertility, subfertility
• Alterations in vigilance, alertness and memory
• Disturbances in general intellectual function
• Reduced exercise tolerance
Holistic Pathology of Sleep apnoea
Holistic medicine recognises the following factors as the cause of sleep apnoea. Some of the following terms are not easy to explain in few words.
1) Emotional issues (Manovaha dushti)
2) Inefficient adipose tissues (Medovaha dushti)
3) Inefficient fluids, dampness etc. (Kapha vridhhi)
4) Circulatory insufficiencies (Vata vridhhi)
5) Metabolic insufficiencies (Ksheena-Agni).
6) Prana rodham (Blocked breathing)