If you have Sleep Apnea, your throat becomes blocked during sleep. Your breathing is completely or nearly completely obstructed for short periods of time. To eliminate the obstruction, you must briefly wake up. The cycle repeats many times throughout the night.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea also makes you or your child more likely to develop certain other health problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke.
- Gasping or snorting in your sleep
- Waking up tired after a full night’s sleep
- Waking up with a headache
- Feeling very sleepy during the day
- Having problems with memory or concentration
- Fall asleep easily without meaning to
- Being cranky or short-tempered
Evaluation of Sleep Apnea
Your doctor will conduct a physical exam and probably ask you or your child to participate in a sleep study.
In a sleep study, your breathing, heart rate, oxygen level and other functions are measured and recorded. The findings help determine which treatment will best help you or your child.
Treatment of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea can lead to serious health problems. Treatment can help prevent those problems.
Your doctor can discuss with you the various treatment options for snoring and Sleep Apnea. Treatment can help you or your child breath freely again so you get a good night’s sleep. Some available treatments that can reduce or eliminate Sleep Apnea include:
- Air pressure treatment
- Surgical procedures
Changing some habits may also help to stop snoring and prevent mild Sleep Apnea. Sleeping on the side, losing weight, avoiding alcohol, the use of certain medications and unblocking the nose may all help.
Work with your doctor to get the most out of your treatment plan. It can also help you and your family get quiet, restful sleep. This will let you or your child wake up feeling alert, refreshed and ready to face the day.