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According to Mayo Clinic, there are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when muscles in the throat relax, narrowing or closing the airway. When a phys... More »

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The degree to which people are overweight affects their likelihood of developing sleep apnea, according to WebMD. For each body mass index value, a person's chance of developing sleep apnea rises by about 14 percent. More »

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Though sleep apnea alone doesn't qualify as a disability under Social Security Administration guidelines, it can cause cor pulmonale, in which the right ventricle of the heart is enlarged, according to DisabilityBenefits... More »

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Severe sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder characterized by an inability to breathe normally during sleep, according to WebMD. Sleep apnea can stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, meaning the brain and the body do... More »

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Natural remedies to alleviate or cure sleep apnea include: sleeping on the side or abdomen versus on the back and using saline nasal spray to keep the nasal passages clear, according to Mayo Clinic. A healthy exercise ro... More »

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Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleeping, causing periodic pauses in breathing, MedlinePlus states. If the upper throat muscles are too relaxed, they can compress the airway, triggering s... More »

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While central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the muscles that control breathing, obstructive sleep apnea results from upper airway obstruction according to Mayo Clinic. Of these two major type... More »

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