Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes your airway to narrow or close while you sleep, causing the soft tissue vibration that results in snoring. The narrowing of the airway also triggers an arousal response in your brain, as if someone were trying to wake you every few minutes. This can occur hundreds of times per night, and it disrupts your sleep pattern. While you might think that you have slept soundly, these disruptions in your sleep cycle can have devastating effects. You awake unrefreshed, suffering everything from morning headaches, difficulty concentrating and daytime sleepiness, to fatigue, memory issues and emotional instability.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition. Often people with severe sleep apnea have no idea how impaired they actually are during the day. It is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. Falling asleep at the wheel is not something you can prevent by rolling down the window or listening to the radio. It increases your risk of a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and early death. It can also impede your ability to lose weight.
There is no specific profile for those who suffer from sleep apnea. Although being overweight may be a contributing factor, approximately 30% of individuals with sleep apnea are not overweight. In fact, many who suffer from sleep apnea are not even aware of their problem. And the condition only gets worse as you age.
The good news is that you don’t have to live with this life-threatening condition. Patients describe normalizing the sleep pattern as a life changing event. Sleep apnea is a reversible disorder that should never be allowed to steal your energy away from you. Contact us today to find out how to treat this all too common disorder.