Why should I be concerned about Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow. It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway. This leads to partial reductions (hypopneas) and complete pauses (apneas) in breathing that last between 10 and 30 seconds, but some may persist for one minute or longer. The brain responds to the lack of oxygen by alerting the body causing a brief arousal from sleep that restores normal breathing. This pattern can occur hundreds of times in one night. The result is a fragmented quality of sleep that often produces an excessive level of daytime sleepiness.

Left untreated, Sleep Apnea leads to increased risk of:

  • Cardiovascular Disease and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of being involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident
  • Arrhythmias
  • Fluctuating oxygen levels
  • Impaired concentration

Risk Factors

  • Acid Reflux or G.E.R.D.
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Enlarged Tonsils and Tongue Volume
  • Family History
  • Frequent sinus infections
  • High blood pressure
  • Large Neck Circumference
  • Obesity
  • Snoring

Symptoms:

  • Bedwetting
  • Concentration problems or memory loss
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
  • Falling asleep unexpectedly during the day
  • Frequent nighttime urination
  • Gasping or Choking
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Morning headaches
  • Night sweats
  • Restless sleep
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Snoring

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