Obstructive Sleep Apnea

WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA?

Obstructive Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep – creating an absence of airflow despite respiratory effort.  It is usually due to upper airway collapse. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people with obstructive sleep apnea don’t remember it, and many believe they are getting a good night’s sleep when, in fact, they are not. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA?

The following symptoms may indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these,

Figure Normal Breathing vs OSA

contact our practice.

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Headaches upon waking in the morning
  • Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day