FAQs about Sleep Apnea
Nothing beats a good night's sleep for feeling refreshed, energetic and eager to start the day. But even if you set your alarm for a solid eight hours, you may wake up feeling unrested and irritable if you are struggling with sleep apnea.
A disorder that causes your breathing to halt periodically during slumber, sleep apnea can keep you from achieving a solid night's rest and cause a host of other health problems.
Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia is here to help you understand sleep apnea and experience your best night's sleep.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is when your breathing pauses for many seconds at a time repeatedly during the night.
What causes sleep apnea?
Physical traits can play a role in your risk of sleep apnea. A smaller airway in your throat, obesity, large neck circumference and jaw or chin size can be factors, and individuals of middle age or older may have an increased risk. You may also be more likely to have sleep apnea if your biological relatives do.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
- Inability to concentrate, irritability or depression caused by sleep deprivation
- Tiredness during the day
- Trouble with memory
- Falling asleep during the day
- Choking or gasping during your sleep
How will my Columbia sleep specialist diagnose if I have sleep apnea?
First, your specialist will likely ask about your sleep patterns and energy levels throughout the day. You may be asked to participate in an overnight sleep study, where your heart rate, muscle activity, blood oxygen levels, eye movement and airflow will be analyzed over the course of the night. By monitoring your slumber for several consecutive hours, a specialist can determine how severe your sleep apnea is and what is the best course of treatment.
What are the treatment options for sleep apnea?
The most common treatment device is a continuous positive airway pressure device, or CPAP machine, which uses a mask fitted over your nose and mouth to ensure a continuous wave of air to keep your airway open for the course of the night. A device to keep your jaw in proper alignment is another option.
You may also be asked to make lifestyle choices if your habits or weight are contributing to your sleep apnea. Maintaining a healthy weight and abstaining from alcohol and smoking are all important ways to lessen your risk.
If sleep apnea is keeping you from having sweet dreams, call Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia at 803-251-3093 today.