Sleep Apnea

OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) is a common sleep disorder that affects approximately 1 in 5 adults.  People with OSA may stop breathing for brief periods during sleep, and this can happen as many as hundreds of times per night.  OSA can put a significant strain on the heart and is related to a number of serious health problems.  The good news is that OSA can be treated easily and safely.

If you or someone you know suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or obesity, getting treatment for OSA can improve all of these conditions, as well as increase your energy and overall well-being.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram.

Loud Snoring

Loud snoring can actually be a symptom of OSA.  A person may stop breathing repeatedly, due to a complete or partial blockage of the airway by tissue in the nose or throat.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

  • Snoring
  • Stopping breathing during sleep
  • Waking up gasping for breath
  • Feeling tired or fatigued after a “full night’s sleep”
  • Waking up with headaches
  • Lapses in memory
  • Decreased sex drive
  • High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
  • Cingestive Heart Failure
  • Obesity
  • Past Stroke Sufferer

What’s your snore score?

Your answers to this sleep quiz will help you decide whether you may suffer from sleep disorders:

  1. Are you a loud, habitual snorer?
  2. Do you feel tired and groggy on awakening?
  3. Are you often asleep during waking hours and/or can you fall asleep quickly?
  4. Are you overweight and/or do you have a large neck?
  5. Have you been observed to choke, gasp, or hold your breath during sleep?

If you or someone close to you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you should discuss your symptoms with one of our sleep specialists. Different treatment options exist; which one is right depends upon the severity and other aspects of the disorder.