Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea isn’t just about snoring or getting a good night’s sleep. It’s a serious medical disorder that, left untreated, increases your risk of chronic, life-threatening diseases.

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, treating it with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine helps you:

  • Reduce your risk of heart failure, stroke, diabetes, and cancer

  • Minimize side effects of sleep apnea such as hypertension, weight gain, and depression

  • Finally let go of brain fog, headaches, and fatigue

  • Improve your mood and mental health

  • Wake up energized and ready to take on the day

Pressurized air is pumped from a CPAP machine to the user through a hose to the mask which is worn on the face. This pressure helps keep the airway from collapsing and breathing is not restricted. CPAP machines are the most common, and currently, the best treatment for apnea, but to work, CPAP machines need to be programmed to your prescription and fitted for you.

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What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea can be caused by a softening in the throat or palate, by abnormalities in your airways, or by lifestyle issues such as excessive drinking or weight. Obesity has been linked to soft tissue in the mouth and throat, which contributes to snoring, so we may recommend weight loss to improve your ability to sleep well.

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What Are the Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is often first noticed by a partner. Not only is the snoring typically loud, but it’s also interrupted by periods where your breathing stops which can be very alarming if you’re listening to it. Some symptoms include:

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Persistent snoring that sounds like you stop breathing

  • Waking up gasping for breath

  • Falling asleep during the day

Obstructive sleep apnea also has similar symptoms to regular snoring including:

  • Sore throat

  • Poor concentration

  • Irritability

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How Sleepy Are You?

If you or someone you know is not sleeping well, the cause may be a sleep disorder. Talk to a Doctor about the symptoms and ask about getting a sleep test or Polysomnogram (PSG). A PSG is a test ordered by a physician to diagnose and treat various sleep disorders.

At Northern Respiratory we specialize in treatment solutions for both Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA).

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