After a full nights sleep, do you awaken as tired as when you went to bed? Do you have difficulty staying alert watching television, reading, or even driving or riding in a car? Are you told that you snore loudly, or that you stop breathing while asleep?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a sleep disorder.
What is Obstrutive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts. Each episode, called an apnea, can occur hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. The result is fragmented or interrupted sleep, a drop in the blood oxygen level, sleep deprivation, and other complications. The most serious complication is a severe form of congestive heart failure called cor pulmonale.
- It is estimated that more than eighteen million Americans have undiagnosed sleep apnea.
- Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes, and effects men, women and children. Most people who have sleep apnea do not realize they suffer from the condition.
- Often, it is someone else who witnesses the first signs of OSA.
The inability to breathe properly often results in sudden awakening throughout the night that interrupts your sleep and prevents you from feeling refreshed throughout the day.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apena
- Morning Headaches
- Memory Difficulties
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Personality Changes
- Restless and Fitful Sleep
- Frequent Waking Up To Urinate
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- Gasping or Choking During Sleep
- Post - Menopausal Women
- Large Necks
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Dry Mouth
- Hyperactive Behavior, Especially in Children
- Leg Swelling (If Severe)
How is OSA Diagnosed?
An overnight diagnostic sleep study known as a polysomnogram, or PSG, is used to determine the type and severity of the sleep disorder, as well as appropriate treatment.
What is the Treatment for OSA?
- Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) is the treatment of choice for OSA.
- PAP therapy provides a gentle flow of air pressure through your nose using a mask.
- PAP therapy is noninvasive and can alleviate the symptoms of OSA when used as prescribed.
Benefits of Regular Treatments
- Increased energy and attentiveness during the day
- Lower blood pressure
- Decreased risk of stroke and heart attacks
- Increased effectiveness at home and work
- Improved overall quality of life
If you are not getting the rest you need, talk to your doctor about scheduling a Sleep Study.
McLeod Medical Center Dillon Sleep Lab
301 East Jackson Street
Dillon, SC 29536