SLEEP APNEA

UNDERSTANDING SLEEP APNEA

As many as half of people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea are overweight.

SYMPTOMS

• Loud snoring that typically bothers others

• Gasping or choking sounds

• Breathing pauses observed by someone watching you sleep

• Sudden body jerking

• Restless tossing and turning

• Frequent awakening while sleep

 

You may also experience:

• Morning headaches

• Dry mouth or throat

• Feeling sleepy or fatigued during the day

• Poor memory or mood swings

 

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What causes obstructive sleep apnea?


Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has many different possible causes. In adults, the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is excess weight and obesity, which is associated with soft tissue of the mouth and throat. During sleep, when throat and tongue muscles are more relaxed, this soft tissue can cause the airway to become blocked. Other factors that may up your risk of obstructive sleep apnea: • Having naturally larger tonsils or narrow airways • Having a family member with sleep apnea • Smoking or drinking alcohol • Nasal congestion




How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?


obstructive sleep apnea is diagnosed by a sleep study or polysomnogram.




How is obstructive sleep apnea treated?


Treatment for sleep apnea will depend on the severity of the OSA and cause of the condition. For example, if the cause of your obstructive sleep apnea is being overweight, losing weight may cause sleep apnea to go away completely. Your doctor may use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to treat the sleep apnea. The CPAP is a mask that is worn while you sleep that blows air into the airway. There are surgical options and other devices that may also be recommended.





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