Sleep Apnea Treatment at Pulmonary Associates
You’re probably already familiar with the telltale signs of sleep apnea: a noticeable pause in breathing during sleep, following by a big inhalation before breathing resumes. But did you know that the vast majority of people with sleep apnea are unaware they have it?
Sleep apnea is when your breathing is repeatedly interrupted while you are asleep. Often, breathing stops for 10 to 30 seconds, and these interruptions can occur hundreds of times in a single night.
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea – in which throat muscles and the tongue relax, physically blocking the upper airway temporarily during sleep
- Central sleep apnea – in which the brain fails to properly signal the respiratory system to breathe during sleep
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome – some combination of the above two types
Don’t be caught unaware! Here are some clues you may have sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Frequent pauses in breathing during sleep
- Waking up with headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- High blood pressure
The lack of oxygen and sleep as a result of sleep apnea can seriously disrupt the quality of your waking hours and affect your overall health and wellness. Don’t let a poor night’s sleep bother you or your bed partner any longer.
Isn’t it time you found out for sure whether you have sleep apnea and what can be done about it? Make an appointment to visit Pulmonary Associates by calling (702) 384-5101 or use our convenient online appointment request form.