Sleep apnea? Try these top tips for getting the rest you need

If you think you’ve been getting a full night’s sleep but you still feel terrible in the morning, you could have sleep apnea.

During an apnea, the muscles in your tongue and the back of your throat relax, causing your airway to narrow or become blocked when you breathe in.

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What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in a person’s throat relax, blocking the airway and causing a momentary cessation of breathing.

Types of sleep apnea

There are three different types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), and a combination of both.

Who is at risk for sleep apnea?

The people most likely to suffer from sleep apnea are older, overweight males—particularly African Americans, Pacific Islanders, or Hispanic men.

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Smith does advise patients and their loved ones to watch for these most common signs: – Loud or persistent snoring – Silent pauses in breathing while asleep

Choose the best sleep position for sleep apnea

You’ll probably need a softer mattress for this to work because side sleeping puts the greatest amount of pressure on your hips and shoulders.