Symptoms of Sleep Apnea & How Our Team Can Help

sleep apnea symptomsSleep apnea is a condition that affects a high number of people each year, but many of those people don’t even know that they’re suffering. The diagnosis comes from knowledge of symptoms so that the patient is able to reach out for help and treatment. Keep reading to learn more about what symptoms you should be on the lookout for and how our team can help!

Snoring

Snoring is the most common symptom of patients suffering from sleep apnea. The snoring is much louder than average snoring and very frequent. It may get worse when the person is lying flat on their back. If you sleep alone and you’re unsure if you snore, look out for a sore, dry throat in the morning and frequently waking up during the night.

Daytime Fatigue

Sleep apnea makes it hard to achieve a restful night’s sleep so daytime fatigue is very common. Irritability, headache, difficulty concentrating, and memory loss are all also associated with daytime fatigue.

Paused breathing

Snoring associated with sleep apnea is typically followed by paused breathing, gasping, and choking for air. The sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing as you sleep and depending on the length of the time of the paused breathing, the consequences could be detrimental.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for sleep apnea include a family history of the condition and a high body weight. The majority of sleep apnea patients fall into the obese category, but normal-weight people can suffer from the condition too.

How We Can Help

Our staff is able to help you diagnose and treat sleep apnea if you believe you’re suffering. We’ll be able to help you undergo a sleep study, where we can actually monitor your breathing and heart rate as you sleep. Once diagnosed you’ll be given a prescription for a machine that will help you maintain a normal breathing pattern during the night.

Reaching out for help is a scary thing, but we’re here to help every step of the way! Once you’ve been diagnosed and began treatment, you’ll notice a big change in the quality of your sleep and your energy during the day. We may ask to monitor your sleep apnea again in the future to make sure it isn’t getting worse or to see if it’s gotten better. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation! Why go through any more restless nights than you have to?

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