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Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that does not let a person sleep properly by disrupting their breathing. Patients cannot sleep well at night, and even if they sleep enough, they still feel tired. As a result of this disorder, patients may become insomniacs. Luckily, Sleep Apnea and Insomnia Treatment Dubai can help get rid of this annoying sleep disorder. Besides these treatments, sometimes snore reduction treatment can also help reduce symptoms of sleep apnea.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Generally, the signs of obstructive and central sleep apnea overlap. Due to this, only an expert can determine the type of sleep apnea. Some notable symptoms in both types are as follows:

  • Irritability
  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headache
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Sudden stoppage of breathing
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Urge to sleep during daytime (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty paying attention while awake

Types of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea has two types, including:

●     Central Sleep Apnea

In central sleep apnea, the brain refrains from sending signals to the breathing muscles. As a result, the patient’s breath starts and repeatedly stops during sleep. Usually, the patient makes no effort to breathe for a short period. Moreover, it also makes the patient wake up due to feeling difficulty in breathing.

●     Obstructive Sleep Apnea

It is a common type of sleep apnea, occurring when the muscles in the back of the throat relax. The airway closes or narrows due to muscles relaxation, waking the person due to lack of air.

Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea

Though this disorder can affect anyone, the following factors can increase the risk:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Smoking
  • Age
  • Being a male
  • Overweight
  • Family history
  • Nasal congestion
  • A narrowed airway
  • Neck circumference
  • Use of tranquilizers, sedatives, or alcohol

Central Sleep Apnea

  • Stroke
  • Being male
  • Age
  • Heart disorders
  • Use of narcotic pain medications

Complications caused by Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that can result in the following complications:

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A sleep specialist can evaluate the condition based on the patient’s sleep history and symptoms. Some patients have to attend a sleep disorder center for overnight monitoring, while others can be tested at home. The following tests are performed during Sleep Apnea Treatment in Dubai to detect sleep apnea:

  • Home Sleep Tests
  • Nocturnal Polysomnography

The doctor will prescribe therapy if signs of sleep apnea are clear. Please note that portable monitoring devices are not good at diagnosing all people with sleep apnea. Therefore, the doctor may recommend polysomnography if the initial results are indicative of sleep apnea.

The doctor may refer the patient to an ENT specialist in the case of obstructive sleep apnea. It will help them find out the exact situation of the nose and throat. In some cases, a neurologist’s and cardiologist’s opinion is also required to determine the causes of sleep apnea.

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Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Like other Sleep Disorders Treatment Dubai, there are different treatment techniques available for treating sleep apnea. Lifestyle changes can help in case of milder sleep apnea. However, if a nasal allergy is the root cause of sleep apnea, the doctor will recommend a treatment for the allergy. For moderate to severe sleep apnea disorders, some therapies deliver promising results. Moreover, some snoring devices can also help open the blocked airway. Only in extreme cases, doctors suggest surgery.

Lifestyle Changes

According to research and clinical trials, the following lifestyle changes can help treat obstructive sleep apnea and sometimes central sleep apnea:

  • Avoid smoking.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid alcohol intake.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Sleep on your side or abdomen as opposed to your back.
  • Do not take medications, such as sleeping pills and tranquilizers.


Sleep apnea is often treated using headgear and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) masks. Different people have different needs, and a person may have to try different styles and sizes if one does not work.

Therapies for Sleep Apnea

The following sleep apnea therapies are also available:

  • Oral Appliances
  • Airway Pressure Devices
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Surgery for Sleep Apnea

If all available options fail for Sleep apnea and Insomnia Treatment Dubai, surgery might work. In some cases, it is better to go for surgery to save time and money. The following techniques are used in sleep apnea surgery:

  • Implants
  • Tissue Removal
  • Tissue Shrinkage
  • Jaw Repositioning
  • Nerve Stimulation
  • Creating a New Air Passageway (tracheostomy)

The following surgeries can also help:

  • Surgery to remove enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Weight-loss (bariatric) surgery

Sleep Disorders FAQ’s

What are common sleep disorders?

Yes, sleep disorders can be cured. Many therapies like CBT, combined with some medications, can prove effective against any sleep disorder.

Can sleep disorders be cured?

Yes, sleep disorders can be cured. Many therapies like CBT along with some medications can prove to be effective against any type of sleep disorder.

What causes sleep disorder?

Constant headaches, chronic pain, arthritis, psychiatric disorders (anxiety, depression), and continuous drug abuse can lead to sleep disorders.

How can I solve my sleeping problem naturally?

You can solve your sleeping problems by doing regular exercise, having a diet change, making a sleep routine, avoiding hard drinks, and avoiding physical and psychiatric disturbances.

How long can you go without sleep?

It is unclear how long a human being can survive without sleep. However, the world record of going without sleep is approximately 11 days.

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You can learn more about sleep apnea or other sleep disorders by contacting Euromed Clinic Center. The best way to consult one of our experts is by booking a consultation session for sleep disorders treatment in Dubai. Please call us or fill the short online form now to book your appointment.


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