Do you wake up tired, no matter how many hours of sleep you get? Or maybe you wake up frequently through the night? You could have something called sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea (also known as OSA, obstructive sleep apnea) is a significant narrowing of the airway that reduces airflow to the lungs. The brain recognizes the lack of air and triggers an arousal response and individuals either partially or completely wake up. Up to 600 arousal triggers can occur in a single night without individuals realizing their sleep was interrupted.
- Snoring (louder than your normal voice)
- Sometimes stopping breathing when you sleep (possibly pointed out by your partner)
- Feeling drowsy (like you’re about to fall asleep while watching TV, in a meeting, or in traffic)
- A history of high blood pressure or type-II diabetes
- Feeling lethargic, forgetful, and unable to concentrate
- Waking up feeling unrested or with headaches after an 8 hour sleep
Sleep apnea affects more than just your sleep. It’s been linked to primary health risks such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Congestive heart failure
Sleep apnea can also create secondary risks related to the lack of sleep such workplace accidents, motor vehicle crashes, and falling asleep at inappropriate moments.
The first thing our sleep specialists do is conduct a complimentary sleep study, done in the comfort of your own home. We are looking at what happens on the inside while you’re sleeping so we can make our best recommendation for you.
For mild cases of sleep apnea, we may recommend a dental device. In more severe cases there is sleep apnea therapy. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a device commonly used to provide a constant air pressure to prevent the airway narrowing during sleep. Our sleep specialists work with you to determine the best treatment for your sleep disorder.