The Characteristics and Types of Sleep Apnea, A Common Sleeping Disorder

Sunday March 15th, 2020

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A Common Sleeping Disorder Loud snoring can be an indication of sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition.

It is estimated that five to 20 percent of the adult population is affected by Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), although that estimate is likely low due to under-diagnosis.

Undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious complications such as heart attack, glaucoma, diabetes, cancer, and cognitive and behavioral disorders.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea.

Types of Sleep Apnea

The symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas can overlap, as with other disease-defining symptoms. However, there are three main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea

is the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax, causing the airway to narrow or close as you inhale. Your brain will awaken you long enough to take a breath.

Central sleep apnea

occurs when your brain doesn’t send the right signals to your breathing muscles.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

is simply a combination of the first two kinds of sleep apnea, with no additional symptoms.

Characteristics of Sleep Apnea

The most common signs and symptoms of both obstructive and central sleep apneas include:

Loud snoring

Gasping for air while asleep

Waking up with a headache or dry mouth

Experiencing occasions in which you stop breathing while sleeping

Excessive daytime sleepiness


Difficulty staying asleep

Risks of Sleep Apnea

There are many risks associated with having sleep apnea, including:

Falling asleep easily during the day, even while driving

Moodiness or depression

High blood pressure

Heart problems

Type 2 diabetes

Metabolic syndrome

Complications with medications

Liver problem

What Can You Do if You Have Sleep Apnea?

Thankfully, there are effective ways to treat sleep apnea. These anti-snoring methods can provide successful snoring solutions, such as:

Lifestyle Changes

Quit smoking

Lose weight

Avoid alcohol

Change sleeping position

Breathing Devices

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Device (CPAP)

Jaw and Mouthpieces

Tongue restraining devices

Jaw repositioning devices

Jaw straps

Sleep Apnea Wristbands

There are pulse wear sleep devices that help people with sleep apnea breathe more easily so they can sleep through the night.

The Sleep Connection Anti-Snore Wristband has been scientifically engineered to detect loud snoring. It then sends out smooth electrical pulses that gently prompt the wearer to change their position to allow for proper airflow.


The importance of getting sound and uninterrupted sleep every night cannot be overstated. The Sleep Connection Watch is an effective and inexpensive way to avoid the more serious risks that are associated with sleep apnea.

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