You may have a sleep disorder
- Do you find yourself irritable or sleepy during the day?
- Do your family and friends tell you that you snore?
- Do you wake up at night gasping or choking?
- Do you have trouble concentrating?
- Have you had trouble shedding those extra pounds?
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common disorder that causes interruptions in breathing during sleep, preventing oxygen from reaching the brain. Sufferers wake numerous times per night, each time normal breathing is interrupted and the brain is depleted of oxygen. As a result, they never feel rested and experience excessive daytime grogginess. It is a condition that occurs in 4% of men and 2% of women and is frequently underdiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and congestive heart failure. It is a serious condition that should not be taken lightly.
Who gets Sleep Apnea?
Anyone can develop it, regardless of gender or age, and even children can be afflicted. The most common risk factors include:
- Excess weight – about half of all sleep apnea sufferers are overweight
- Male, although a woman’s risk increases once they reach post-menopausal age
- Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
- Having certain anatomical features such as a thick neck, narrowed airway, deviated septum or a receding chin
- Using alcohol, sedatives, or tranquilizers, all of which relax the muscles in the airway.
- Having asthma
- Allergies and chronic nasal congestion
What are the symptoms?
- Loud, frequent snoring
- Uneven breathing – periods of silence followed by gasps or snorts
- Frequent waking, sometimes with chest pain
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- Mood problems such as depression and irritability
- Excessive daytime sleepiness that interferes with normal activities such as driving
- Chronic exhaustion even after a full night’s sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble losing weight
Is it treatable?
Yes. It is very treatable, often with a combination of things, including lifestyle changes, oral appliance therapy, breathing assistance devices such as continuous positive airflow pressure (CPAP), upper airway stimulation therapies and surgery.
CityDoc offers a coordinated approach to evaluating and treating sleep disturbances. A lab-based sleep study, also known as polysomnography (PSG), is a study used to diagnose sleep disorders. While you sleep, electronic equipment monitors your heart rate and rhythm, breathing patterns and other bodily functions. Providers will interpret your study and recommend a plan tailored to your needs.
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