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Do you snore? Are you tired during the day or feel fatigued? Do you have morning headaches?
Other common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea include:
- Silent pauses in breathing during sleep
- Choking or gasping sounds during sleep
- Waking in the morning and not feeling refreshed
- Grinding your teeth
- Waking during the night to go to the bathroom
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Decreased sexual desire
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the upper airway during sleep. This blockage can lead to a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the blood, causing the brain to signal the body to wake up and resume breathing. These brief awakenings can occur hundreds of times throughout the night, leading to fragmented and poor quality sleep.
The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is a relaxation of the muscles in the back of the throat during sleep, which can cause the airway to narrow or collapse. Other factors that can contribute to OSA include obesity, a large neck circumference, a deviated nasal septum, and certain medical conditions such as hypothyroidism.
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea can include loud snoring, disrupted sleep, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, and difficulty concentrating. OSA can also increase the risk of other health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea may include lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or changing sleep positions, as well as the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, oral appliances, or surgery in severe cases. If you suspect you have OSA, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million Americans, with approximately 80% of cases going undiagnosed. (Source: American Sleep Apnea Association)
Do I have to test in a sleep center?
No! Test from the comfort of your own home with a Home Sleep Test that is FDA approved and covered by most medical insurances. The process is simple and easy to follow!
Do I have to wear a CPAP mask if I test positive for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Not necessarily! We treat patients diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA with a comfortable sleep appliance and re-test you to confirm the efficacy of the device. Patients who test with severe OSA are referred to our qualified pulmonologists who are open-minded to treatment options.
What are some complications that come from untreated sleep apnea?
- Obesity: Obesity is a significant risk factor for sleep apnea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than half of people with sleep apnea are overweight or obese.
- Cardiovascular disease: Sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, stroke, and heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, people with sleep apnea are two to three times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
- Diabetes: Sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, people with sleep apnea are three times more likely to develop diabetes than those without the condition.
- Accidents: Sleep apnea can cause daytime fatigue and drowsiness, which can increase the risk of accidents. According to the National Sleep Foundation, people with sleep apnea are two to three times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident.
These statistics demonstrate the significant risks associated with sleep apnea and the importance of diagnosis and treatment for this sleep disorder. This list is not exhaustive and sleep apnea can exacerbate many other medical conditions by reducing the body’s ability to fight, heal, and recover.
How can treatment of sleep apnea help me?
- Better quality sleep: Sleep apnea can disrupt your sleep pattern and make you feel tired even after a full night’s rest. Treating sleep apnea can improve the quality of your sleep, so you feel more rested and energized throughout the day.
- Improved mood and mental clarity: Sleep apnea can cause irritability, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating. Treating sleep apnea can help improve your mood and mental clarity, making it easier to focus and be productive.
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease: Sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Treating sleep apnea can help reduce these risks and improve overall cardiovascular health.
- Better weight management: Sleep apnea has been linked to weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Treating sleep apnea can help improve weight management efforts, making it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
- Improved overall health: Treating sleep apnea can have a positive impact on overall health and well-being, reducing the risk of health complications, such as Diabetes Type II, and improving quality of life.