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What are Common Signs of Sleep Apnea?

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What Are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person suffers brief “apneas” or pauses in breathing throughout the night lasting a few seconds. In most cases, however, the person is not aware of either the apneas or being awakened.

How Would I Know if I Had Sleep Apnea?

Most people who suffer from sleep apnea report that they have difficulty sleeping enough to feel rested when they wake up in the morning. They generally snore and may also suffer from morning headaches.

What Happens with Untreated Sleep Apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea can affect your health. Sleep apnea results in low concentration of oxygen in the blood. You are also more likely to develop high blood pressure.

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

Sleep apnea is diagnosed through an overnight sleep study. During a sleep study, the patient will be equipped with a specialized device that collects information about the body and vital signs while you sleep. This data allows your sleep specialist to make a conclusive diagnosis.

Does Sleep Apnea Ever Go Away?

In some cases, sleep apnea can go away. Obstructive sleep apnea caused by blockages by the soft tissue of the airway can sometimes be eliminated through weight loss or corrective surgery. In most cases, sleep apnea will persist long-term once it develops.

How Do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea if I Live Alone?

If you suspect sleep apnea but you live alone, one of the best ways to investigate whether you may have this condition is to record the sounds of yourself sleeping at night. In addition to the characteristic snoring, you may also hear gagging or gasping sounds as you awake.

Is it Possible to Cure Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can sometimes be cured through surgical means, removing some of the soft tissue that blocks nighttime breathing. In most cases, symptoms can be stopped non-surgically with a custom dental appliance or a CPAP sleeping mask that applies air pressure while you sleep.

How Do I Know if My Partner Has Sleep Apnea?

Snoring is the first sign of sleep apnea, but many people who do not have sleep apnea do snore. Restless sleeping, complete with tossing and turning, may indicate a problem. Listen for sounds of choking or gagging that indicate troubled breathing at sporadic times throughout the night.

Does Sleep Apnea Happen Every Night?

Every adult experiences a small number of brief apnea periods throughout the night. However, someone who has sleep apnea consistently experiences a greater number of longer apneas. Sleep apnea does occur every single night once the symptoms surface. Treatment is essential.

If you believe you may have signs of sleep apnea, make an appointment today with eos sleep in NYC. Our experienced doctors can help diagnose and find the best treatment options for your sleep apnea.

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