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What Is Sleep Apnea?

When you have this condition, your breath can become very shallow or you may even stop breathing — briefly — while you sleep. It can happen many times a night in some people. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when something partly or completely blocks your upper airway during shut-eye. That makes your diaphragm and chest muscles work harder to open the obstructed airway and pull air into the lungs. Breathing usually resumes with a loud gasp, snort, or body jerk. You may not sleep well, but you probably won’t be aware that this is happening. The condition can also reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms. If you think you may have a Sleep Disorder complete the Epworth-Sleepiness-Scale, and present it to your Doctor or give us a call today.

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Symptoms

The most common obstructive sleep apnea warning signs include:

Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
Snoring
Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
Headaches in the morning
Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
Night sweats
Restlessness during sleep
Waking up suddenly and feeling like you’re gasping or choking
Trouble getting up in the mornings

If you share a bed with someone, they’ll probably notice it before you do.

How is it diagnosed?

Your health care provider may:

Ask you about your health history and your family’s health history.

Do a sleep study at a sleep disorders clinic. Your heart rate, brain waves, chest movement, and blood oxygen levels will be measured while you sleep. The study will help determine if the movement of air slows during sleep or if your air movement stops completely during sleep. It will also show how often this happens during sleep.

Who Gets Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

It’s more likely if you’re overweight, have a thick or large neck, or have smaller airways in your nose, throat, or mouth. It can also happen if you have enlarged tonsils or too much tissue at the back of the throat — the uvula and soft palate — that hangs down and blocks the windpipe. A larger-than-average tongue can also block the airway in many people as well as a deviated septum in the nose.

The condition is more common among men than women, and it becomes more likely as you get older. But it’s not a normal part of aging.

Other risk factors include:

Smoking
Diabetes
High blood pressure
Being at risk for heart failure or stroke

How is it treated?

It is very important to treat sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea can have very serious long-term effects on your health. It may increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and sudden death. Effective treatment of sleep apnea may result in normal blood pressure, relief of fatigue, and weight loss.

The most common treatment is the use of a PAP machine that sends pressurized air into your nose and throat at night. How much pressure you need is determined by the sleep study. Your health care provider will carefully supervise your use of this breathing machine because minor adjustments may need to be made so it works right for you. This treatment is called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

If you have pressure on your throat because of excess fatty tissue in your throat, your health care provider may suggest a weight-loss program. It may be hard for you to lose weight because you are extremely tired and lack energy to exercise. Use of the breathing machine may help you rest well enough to begin changes in your diet and to increase your physical activity so you can lose weight.

Surgery may be an option if you cannot use the breathing machine regularly and properly. A surgical treatment might include improving the air passage in the nose, removing the tonsils, or moving the back of the tongue forward.

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