Sleep Apnea

While snoring may be something you only think about when your bed partner complains, it may actually be a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where individuals stop breathing momentarily during sleep. There are three different types of sleep apnea, these are:

Obstructive sleep apnea – This form of sleep apnea is the most common of the three. It is caused by the over relaxation of the soft tissues in the back of your throat. This obstructs your airway, inducing snoring and the temporary cessation breath.

Central sleep apnea – This is much less common yet just as problematic. It occurs when your brain fails to send a signal to the muscles controlling your natural breath. Because there is nothing blocking your airway, it is very unlikely snoring will occur at all.

Complex sleep apnea – Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Snoring may or may not occur with this type of sleep apnea.

Not all sufferers of sleep apnea realize they are not getting a full night rest. Some signs you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea include:

  • Nightly or near nightly snoring
  • Choking, gasping or snorting during sleep
  • Daytime drowsiness regardless of the number of hours slept
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
  • Frequent visits to the bathroom throughout the night
  • Poor, fitful or restless sleep
  • Depression, irritability or moodiness
  • Feeling out of breath upon waking
  • Memory impairment and difficulty focusing
  • Insomnia

If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, please give us a call. We will be happy to inform you of your different treatment options and help you start sleeping peacefully again.

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