Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Subconsciously waking up several times a night disrupts the much needed healthy sleep that body needs overnight to reset and restore. Chronic and untreated sleep apnea can lead to severe cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive Sleep apnea(OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder. It occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses temporarily blocking the airway. When this happens, it blocks the airflow to the lungs decreasing the Oxygen level in the blood signaling to your brain to wake up. It happens so quickly that the sleeper may not even remember the arousal.
What are signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?
- Daytime drowsiness (falling asleep when working, reading, watching TV, or behind the wheel)
- Observed Apnea
- Morning headaches
- Memory or concentration problems
- Waking up frequently to urinate
- Dry mouth when you wake up
- Lifestyle changes: this could include weight loss in case patient is overweight or obese
- Sleep on the side to help keep an open airway
- Avoid alcohol and sedative medications that can make it more easy for your airway to collapse when you sleep
- Oral appliances/breathing devices (CPAP machines)
- Surgery, or a combination of the above options