Notes on Sleep Apnea

Notes on Sleep Apnea - Sleep Apnea Initial general...

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Sleep Apnea Initial general information on definition was found in Psychology textbook Secondary research on google.com searching for “Sleep Apnea Obesity” Link sleepapnea.org What is it? Sleep (the natural recurrent experience during which normal consciousness is suspended) and “apnea” a Greek word literally means “without breath”. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common of the three. Can repeatedly stop breathing during sleep, sometimes HUNDREDS of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. The cessation of breath must last more than 10 seconds to be considered Sleep Apnea. - Three Types 1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs in 90% of patients. a. Caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. i. Surgery can fix ii. Pacemakers iii. Weight loss 2. Central Sleep Apnea the airway is NOT blocked but the BRAIN fails to signal the muscles to breathe. i.
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course PSY 129 taught by Professor Leva during the Spring '06 term at SUNY Fredonia.

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