During sleep your muscles relax, including those that control your tongue and those in your throat. The soft tissue at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing and constricting the airway, leading to a total blockage called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If you suffer from moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you can stop breathing in your sleep for 10 seconds OR LONGER anywhere from 15 to 60 OR MORE times/hour! Think about it…that could be EVERY MINUTE OF THE NIGHT! Each time this happens, your body’s “fight or flight” mechanism takes over with just enough a shot of adrenaline to wake you enough to start breathing again. Your blood pressure spikes each time and you never reach the deep stages of sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious and chronic medical condition that can affect your health and quality of life. OSA has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, work and driving related accidents due to Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS), and placing strain on relationships between bed partners due to loud snoring and Erectile Dysfunction (ED).
Other forms of sleep apnea include Central Sleep Apnea, where your body doesn’t even make the attempt to breath, and Mixed Sleep Apnea which includes components of both Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea.
If any of your patients, or you or a loved one displays any of the following symptoms, consider talking to us about getting screened for sleep apnea and then tested for sleep apnea if you screen positive:
- Daytime Sleepiness
- Morning Headaches
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Nightime Sweating
- Decreased Libido
- Stop Breathing While Sleeping
- Waking Up Gasping
- High Blood Pressure