Sleep Apnea or Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Sleep apnea is commonly associated with recurrent arousals from sleep, loud snoring, increased daytime sleepiness and even cardiovascular problems.
Often, undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that is very common in people with weight management problems, and makes it difficult for them to concentrate and perform at their optimal level. Patients have described the feeling of awakening from a cloud following weight loss surgery. Furthermore, patients frequently will no longer require bipap or cpap machines to assist with their breathing following bariatric surgery.
Sleep apnea problems are more prevalent in males and continue to increase through middle-age. Loud, disruptive snoring and obstructive sleep are common symptoms of sleep apnea that not only reduce the quality of sleep for overweight patients, but also disturb their sleep partners.
Medical and surgical studies on obstructive sleep apnea and weight have demonstrated that as little as a 10-percent weight loss is associated with a more than 50 percent reduction in the severity of sleep apnea. The primary goal of treatment for sleep apnea is to reduce the severity of the respiratory events that lead to sleep problems.
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