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What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Do you wake up at night gasping for air? Do you suffer from morning headaches, daytime drowsiness, or bad quality of sleep in general? You may have sleep apnea, a serious respiratory, sleep condition that affects your breathing, during sleep, causing periods of starts and stops, adversely affecting health. Dr. Steven Wilk of Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO has the specialized care you need to help treat Sleep Apnea.

More About Sleep Apnea
It is estimated that sleep apnea affects 22 million Americans, with an 80 percent rate of undiagnosed cases, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. It comes in mainly 3 forms obstructive, central or complex (combination). Obstructive apnea is when muscles in the throat relax, narrowing the air passageways, and often causing loud snoring, or even choking, restricting oxygen from properly flowing and causing an abrupt interruption of sleep, which can repeat up to 30 times a night, preventing proper sleep cycles from occurring. The improper flow of oxygen, coupled with an impaired sleep cycle, is bound to cause heart disorders, such as arrhythmia and high blood pressure, especially with such interruptions to the circadian rhythm. The other type is central sleep apnea, which is much of the same result, due to the brain not transmitting proper signals to the body to breathe for a period of time, producing much of the same difficulty getting rest.

Reasons for Sleep Apnea
Obstructive apnea is not an overweight disease. It can be caused by a narrow airway, large tongue, and other variables that many have. The risk is increased with smoking and nasal congestion which leads to mouth breathing. Central apnea has an increased risk due to previous strokes, use of narcotics, and heart disorders, which feed into more heart problems. Both are more prevalent in older males. Oral devices and retainers developed by the Center for Headache, TMJ and Sleep Disorders in Denver can help keep airways open during sleep to reduce obstructive sleep apnea.

Need a consultation?
Sleep Apnea is a condition that affects the most important parts of life, breathing and sleeping, simultaneously, with often fatal consequences. Dr. Steven Wilk of Center for Headache, TMJ and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, offers custom-made oral devices that can aid in getting the rest you need. So, call them at (303) 758-4865 or visit https://www.tmjheadaches.com/ or WWW.CPAPgone.com to learn more about how their treatment may help you.

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