What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing while
sleeping. These pauses in breathing can last anywhere from several seconds to
a minute or longer. Because sleep apnea causes these pauses in breathing, it
causes interruptions in sleep as well. This can lead to feeling tired all the
time and experiencing mood swings, headaches, and other side effects. Sleep
apnea can affect people of any age, but it is most common in people who are
middle-aged or older.
Sleep apnea is often the result of an obstruction in the airway but can also
be caused by a neurological disorder or a physical disorder. Sleep apnea can
cause a person to wake up multiple times throughout the night, which reduces
the quantity and quality of sleep. Sleep apnea can also cause headaches,
anxiety, depression, irritability, morning headaches, snoring, and other
symptoms of sleep deprivation.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a very serious and potentially dangerous sleep disorder. If you
experience any of these symptoms regularly, you should consult with your
- Difficulty sleeping
- Drowsiness or tiredness during the day
- Morning headaches
- Mood swings
- Chronic fatigue
- Unintentional weight gain
- Frequent urination at night
- Loud snoring
- Irritability or moodiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Neck pain
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should visit your doctor for a
How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Diagnosis of sleep apnea typically begins with a patient's visit to the
doctor. During that visit, the doctor will review the patient's medical
history and perform a general physical examination. If the doctor suspects
that the patient is suffering from sleep apnea, he or she will refer the
patient to a sleep specialist for a sleep study. During this study, the
patient's breathing, heart rate, and brain activity will be monitored
overnight. Based on the results of the sleep study, a physician will be able
to diagnose sleep apnea.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that requires a special type of
therapy in order to be treated effectively. The most common option for sleep
apnea treatment is a CPAP machine. This is a device that uses air pressure to
keep the patient's airways open while they sleep. However, since most people
find this device to be uncomfortable and bulky, we always recommend oral
To learn more about our services for sleep apnea, call us at (971) 339-0816
or visit the Sleep Health Partners office at 9370 SW Greenburg Rd, Suite 422
Rd Suite 422, Portland 97223.