Why Do Some People Stop Breathing When They Are Asleep?

 Why Do Some People Stop Breathing When They Are Asleep?

Why Do Some People Stop Breathing When They Are Asleep?

Some people briefly stop breathing while they are asleep; this is called obstructive sleep apnoea (apnea) or OSA.  It happens when the soft tissues of the upper airway and throat close up when the person's muscles relax when they fall asleep.

A cardinal sign is very loud snoring.  This is usually followed by breathing stopping and see-sawing of the chest and abdomen.  The sufferer splutters and wakes up enough for the airways to open and breathing to recommence.  Sleep deepens and the cycle continues.

Some people are more prone to obstructive sleep apnoea.  They tend to be;

  • Male
  • Overweight
  • Alcohol drinkers
  • Smokers
  • Diabetic
  • Large around the neck.

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