There are different kinds of sleep problems that can afflict individuals all over the world. There are sleep problems caused by mental disorders, genetic or hereditary factors, acquired causes, and other health problems. One kind of sleep problem which has several causes is sleep apnea. There are three types of this sleep disorder. Central sleep apnea is a neurological problem that happens when the brain is unable to send proper signals to the lungs to perform proper respiration. Obstructive sleep apnea is a physical problem which is caused by the blockage of the throat due to the contact of the soft tissues in the throat like the uvula, adenoids, tonsils, and soft palate. Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the two types of sleep apnea.
But there are some people who claim that they are experiencing daytime apnea or difficulty in breathing even during the day. This is a very unusual disorder, and it can either be a sign of sleep apnea or a sign of a different and more severe disease. The actual daytime apnea may not exactly be characterized by total cessation of breath, but there is significant difficulty during breathing that an individual experiences even while he is wide awake and he is performing his regular daily activities.
There are two plausible reasons why a person can possibly experience daytime apnea or involuntary breathing difficulty. First, it may be a sign of extremely severe sleep apnea. Sometimes, severe sleep apnea can have effects on the respiratory activity of a person even if he isn’t sleeping. This can be observed especially in individuals who are suffering from central sleep apnea. When a person has severe central sleep apnea, his respiratory functions can be impaired even while he is awake. This results to breathing difficulty during daily activities, causing a person to be unable to perform them normally. Sometimes, very serious daytime apnea attacks can result to difficulty in talking, moving, and concentrating.
The second and last scientifically reasonable cause for daytime apnea is Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). This is a type of central sleep apnea which causes respiratory arrest during sleep. The symptoms of CCHS are very apparent even if the individual is wide awake. Hypoventilation or shallow and incomplete breaths is a very common symptom of this disorder. The shallow breathing that is experienced during daytime can be considered as daytime apnea, although total breathing stoppage is not present. Nonetheless, breathing becomes extremely shallow and the body receives very insufficient supply of oxygen, resulting to the oxygen deficiency of the individual. This can in turn result to low blood pressure, lack of concentration, and dizziness. The respiratory attacks characterized by extreme difficulty in breathing are also very apparent.
Both of these problems are caused by sleep apnea, but they need to be addressed specifically in order for an individual to be able to receive appropriate treatment. The standard solutions for sleep apnea may be used to correct these problems, like using a positive airway pressure device. There are also other forms of treatment such as therapy, invasive medical respiratory aids, respiratory stimulants, surgery, and many others.
An individual who experiences very severe daytime sleep apnea can be considered in great danger because the effects of the diseases that can cause this breathing problem can be quite fatal. In the event that you are experiencing daytime sleep apnea, you should immediately find medical attention so that you can get the proper and sufficient treatment that you need to be able to prevent the undesirable effects of the disorder. Through medical attention, you will be sure to have only the most reliable and professional treatment that you need to be able to live as normally as possible.