What is sleep apnea?
When most people refer to sleep apnea, they mean obstructive sleep apnea, caused by a restricted airway while you sleep. Some of the symptoms are loud snoring and interrupted breathing. The result is increased risks to your health including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Extra tissue at the back of your throat cuts off your airway and prevents you from breathing normally. You may not get enough sleep, as a result. Even if you feel you slept an entire night, you may not get the quality deep sleep that allows your body to rejuvenate.
Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
One of the most common signs of sleep apnea is loud snoring. Loud snoring is a disruption, not only for your sleep, but for your partner’s sleep as well. Additionally, your partner may report that you stop breathing during the night.
If you sleep alone, the first symptom may be that you feel like you never get enough sleep. You may be in bed for eight hours, but never feel completely rested or refreshed. If you have prolonged symptoms of fatigue, it may be beneficial for you to get a referral from your primary care doctor in order to participate in a sleep study. A sleep study will monitor your quality of sleep and be able to tell you if you suffer from sleep apnea. Here at our office in Irvine, CA, we offer solutions for your sleep apnea. Call our office today!
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