What is Obstructive sleep apnea ?
1 min read

What is Obstructive sleep apnea ?

Contributed by 

Dr Shariq Masoodi

Prof  of  Endocrinology SKIMS ,Sgr Kashmir 


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by repeated episodes of complete or partial airway collapse during sleep. This collapse can last for several seconds or even minutes, leading to:

* Reduced or absent breathing (apnea)

* Shallow breathing (hypopnea)

* A drop in blood oxygen levels

These events disrupt sleep and can have a significant impact on your overall health.


* The most common symptoms include loud snoring, witnessed apneas (periods where breathing stops), daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and morning headaches.


* Risk factors include obesity, certain facial features, large neck circumference, and family history.


* Untreated OSA can lead to various complications like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even depression.


* Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition and may include lifestyle changes, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliances, and surgery.

Join the mailing list!

Get the latest articles delivered right to your inbox!