Sleep apnea can show up in many different forms and sometimes hide as other disorders in the patient. Moreover, often times patients won’t know they are having a problem breathing while asleep or be able to judge how severe their problem is. 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.
Sleep apnea is a relatively common sleep disorder which is characterized by one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths patients sleep. Pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes in duration. They may occur up to 30 times in an hour or more in severe cases. Typically, normal breathing starts again with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed because doctors have a hard time detecting the condition during routine office visits. Also, blood or other types of simple tests can’t help diagnose the condition.
In addition to the problems diagnosing sleep apnea, most people with sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs while they sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.
To help you and your family understand a bit more about sleep apnea, here are some of the more common signs and symptoms:
Another common sign of sleep apnea is being extra tired during the day while you are at work, or perhaps while you are driving. Patients may also find themselves falling asleep easily during other parts of the day when they are not active.
Additional problems may include: memory or learning problems, inability to concentrate, irritability, depression, mood swings, personality changes, frequent urination during the night. And sleep apnea is not limited to adults either. In children, symptoms can present themselves as hyperactivity, poor performance in school, and hostile or angry behavior. Children who have sleep apnea also may breathe through their mouths instead of their noses during the day. Because children usually sleep apart from adults and spent their time away from home at school, it may be good to ask their teacher or caregiver if they are exhibiting any symptoms that are out of the ordinary.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that may be causing you to lose valuable sleep. The effects are not simply limited to losing sleep or being groggy during the day. Sleep apnea can contribute to various health problems and create an increased risk of accidents at work or while driving. Don’t wait to seek treatment. Even if you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of the symptoms, talk with your doctor as soon as possible. Diagnosis and treatment are the only ways to treat the problem and start getting better sleep. Long- term presence of sleep apnea could present serious health risks, so it important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you have questions about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for sleep apnea, please feel free to check out the rest of our specially created sleep apnea website or call our office for more information. Patients in the Hallam, PA area should seek a referral from their doctor to come see Dr. Bell for healthy and restful sleep restoration. Now is the time to treat your sleep apnea and get back to a healthy and happy lifestyle!
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