4 Things To Know About Sleep Apnea
Poor sleep isn’t just about working too hard or getting old. Millions of Americans unknowingly suffering from a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Learn the four things you must know about sleep apnea.
1. What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the throat becomes partially or wholly blocked during sleep. This obstruction is the result of the tonsils and/or tongue blocking the windpipe, causing the person to wake up through the night. Sleep apnea is typically caused by several factors, such as:
- Being overweight or obese (the #1 risk factor of OSA)
- Having large tonsils or tongue
- Certain medications that affect sleep
- A deviated septum
- Heavy alcohol consumption
2. What Should I Watch Out For?
The most important thing to watch out for is loud, chronic snoring. People who have sleep apnea will snore loudly enough to wake a sleeping partner. In addition to snoring, the sufferer may wake with a dry mouth or sore throat after a night of gasping for air.
3. Are There Side Effects?
Typical side effects of sleep apnea are confusion, fatigue and difficulty completing daytime tasks. Some of the most significant effects of include:
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
- Memory problems
- Sleepiness while driving
4. How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
One of our specialists at O2 Pulmonary and Sleep Center will provide the best option that will meet your current lifestyle. Options can range from a custom oral device to keep the lower jaw in place to a CPAP machine.
Schedule a consultation to determine the right treatment for you. Our team is ready to help.