What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes obstructed during sleep, stopping your breathing. The amount of air reaching your lungs is limited, causing you to choke or snore. Your brain and body notice the lack of oxygen wake you up.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Irritability or mood swings
- Weight gain
- Dry mouth or throat
How is it diagnosed?
Sleep apnea is difficult to diagnose on your own. A professional diagnosis is usually performed by a sleep medicine physician. An official diagnosis involves an in-lab sleep study or a home sleep apnea test.
Treatments for sleep apnea
CPAP Therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a mask that provides a constant stream of air to keep your airway open.
Oral Appliance Therapy is a removable oral device that keeps your airway from collapsing by supporting your tongue or jaw.
Surgery treats the areas of your airway that are obstructing your breathing.
Benefits of treating sleep apnea
Treating sleep apnea has many health benefits for you and your partner. Once you treat sleep apnea, you'll realize what you were missing by not having a good night's sleep. Some improvements include:
- Increased alertness
- Improved mood
- Better concentration
- Restful sleep
- Increased energy
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