Sleep apnea can be caused by blocked or narrowed airways. It has been linked to the following:
- Muscles in the throat or tongue that relax more than normal
- Tongue and tonsils are large in comparison to the opening into the windpipe
- Being overweight
- Small airway in the mouth and throat
When there is not enough air flowing into your lungs from blocked airways, it can lead to sleep apnea. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive, which occurs when the airway has collapsed or is blocked during sleep.
Some of the signs of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Pauses in snoring
- Choking or gasping for air
- Morning headaches
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Dry throat in the morning
Fortunately, sleep apnea can often be treated. The doctor will focus on restoring regular breathing during sleep and will work on relieving the symptoms of sleep apnea. Some of the treatment options include mouthpieces, breathing devices, changes in lifestyle and surgery.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you understand how this disorder can significantly impact your life. In some situations, sleep apnea can be so debilitating that it leads to disability. If you are struggling with sleep apnea and are unable to work, you may be eligible for disability benefits. For more information, contact the Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. at (305) 461-1095 or toll free (866) 71-CLAIM. We can help you with the initial application process, as well as provide representation if your claim has been denied, delayed or terminated.