Sleep apnea is a relatively common sleep disorder which is characterized by one or more pauses in breathing during sleep. While there are several different forms of sleep apnea, the most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It occurs when your throat muscles and tongue relax during rest. This leads to your airway becoming obstructed, triggering an apnea event.
It’s common for patients to go quite a while without noticing their sleep apnea. Oftentimes, their bed partner is the first to bring it to their attention. While sleep apnea is most prevalent in men, it can affect anyone regardless of age or gender.
Patients with sleep apnea often report not feeling rested even after a long night’s rest. Additionally, regularly waking up with a headache is another sign that you may have sleep apnea.
Patients typically report that the first symptom to get noticed is almost always snoring. While snoring in and of itself is not necessarily harmful, it is the most common symptom of OSA. The more severe sleep apnea becomes the louder and more prevalent snoring tends to be.
There are many other symptoms associated with sleep apnea as well. While some may be more apparent than others, they all serve as important warning signs that a sleep test is in order. Common symptoms include insomnia, daytime fatigue, and irritability.
Sleep apnea has a major impact on your overall well-being. Patients with sleep apnea needlessly suffer from poor quality sleep that doesn’t give them the energy they need to live life to the fullest. Imagine waking up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. It’s our mission to find the treatment option that will do this for you.
Many patients find traditional solutions such as CPAP to be clunky, uncomfortable, and hard to wear throughout the night. The great news is that Dr. Bell offers a wide variety of CPAP alternatives to restore your rest and rejuvenate your daily supply of energy.
Sleep apnea can show up in many different forms and sometimes is mistaken for other disorders in the patient. Sometimes it takes a family member or bed partner to notice sleeping problems and bring attention to them. This is why it is so important to see a qualified doctor for testing and diagnosis.
If you have questions about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments for sleep apnea, schedule a visit at our Hallam office. Dr. Bell and our entire team are here to help you at every step of the way.
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