Tackling Sleep Apnea with Large Tonsils

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep, causing disrupted breathing and snoring. People with this condition may experience severe fatigue, difficulty concentrating, morning headaches, and mood swings due to lack of restful sleep. In some cases, it can also lead to serious health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease if left untreated.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when the throat muscles relax during sleep and block the airway. This causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths until the brain signals for arousal from deep slumber so that normal breathing resumes again. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is another form in which there are no physical blockages but rather an interruption in communication between the brain and respiratory system resulting in irregular breathing patterns during sleep.

Treatment options vary depending on severity but typically include lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods before bedtime or losing weight; wearing a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) device while sleeping; surgical procedures to open up nasal passages or remove excess tissue from around your throat; oral appliances like mandibular advancement devices; or medications prescribed by your doctor to help you fall asleep more quickly or stay asleep longer throughout the night.