Obstructive sleep apnea - a serious disease that is characterized by the development of pauses in breathing during sleep. During the night it can be observed up to 400 stops breathing (3 - 4 hours). Such breathing stops contribute to the development of cardiac arrhythmias, stroke, myocardial infarction and sudden death during sleep. Development of the disease contribute to: polyps in the nose, congenital abnormalities of the nasal passages, enlarged tonsils, sleep deficit, obesity, intake of alcoholic beverages, smoking, and aging.
Obstructive sleep apnea is shown snoring and periodic bouts of sleep apnea, the duration of which more than 10 seconds. Because of the night snoring day marked drowsiness, headache, irritability.
Treatment: If the cause of obstructive sleep apnea are pathological changes, such as a deviated septum, treatment - surgery. When snoring may appoint medication.