SLEEP-RELATED BREATHING DISORDERS
Sleep-related breathing disorders are the term used to describe a group of disorders that affect our breathing while sleeping. Due to the nature of the disorder, the affected person is the last person to know. There are many sleep disorders that can affect a person sleep cycle, sleep-related breathing disorders are just one of them, the rest include:
- Hypersomnia or inappropriately falling asleep especially during daytime
- Parasomnias – examples are sleepwalking
- Restless leg syndrome
The most common sleep disorders are sleep apnea and snoring.Humans need to sleep to maintain health and to restore all physical and emotional health. During sleep, our body repairs itself. It repairs muscles, organized our thoughts and basically refresh our overall self. That is why if we can’t sleep or lack sleep we became physically fatigued and exhausted mentally. Studies have concluded that people who are deprived of sleep will have decreased problem-solving abilities, cannot focus or easily distracted and the reflex is greatly reduced.
Sleep is very important for humans to survive. It is important we get 7-8hours of sleep.
There are different types of sleep-related breathing disorders. These are:
Snoring can be a nuisance to your partner or anyone else nearby. Snoring occurs when you breathe air and the tissues at the back of your throat vibrate. Though snoring is common in men, recent studies show that women do snore. However, in men snoring becomes less likely after age 70. It runs in the family so it can be inherited. As a person gets older snoring becomes more common. Other causes of snoring can be attributed to when throat muscles relax due to alcohol consumption and the use of depressants. Cold and allergies can also cause you to snore because there is congestion.
Child Sleep apnea
Preschoolers are the most susceptible to obstructive sleep apnea. The reason behind it is that the tonsils and adenoids at this age are larger compared to the throat.
Infant sleep apnea
When an infant suffers from sleep apnea, it could be because of a developmental problem or can be caused by a medical condition. Sleep apnea in infants can cause severe complications; therefore it should not be taken lightly.
Central sleep apnea
This sleep disorder can cause you to stop breathing during sleep. Central sleep apnea is caused by the brain not able to send impulses to your muscles to breath.
Obstructive sleep apnea
As the name connotes, sleep apnea occurs because of an obstruction of the airways. When the brain can detect that you are no longer breathing, you will be awakened.
This condition occurs when there is a prolonged sound while you exhale during sleep. The sound resembles that of groaning. This is a rare case and more common in men. Sleep-related groaning can be a nuisance to your partner.
If you think you are suffering from Sleep Related Breathing Disorders you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Sleep Related Breathing Disorders as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).