What is Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) is a common sleep disorder that affects approximately 1 in 5 adults. People with OSA may stop breathing for brief periods during sleep, and this can happen as many as hundreds of times per night. OSA can put a significant strain on the ear and is related to a number of serious health problems. The good news is that OSA can be treated easily and safely. If you or someone you know suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or obesity, getting treatment for OSA can improve all of these conditions, as well as increase your energy and overall well-being.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea can be difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms present themselves during sleep. However, if you know what to look for, you can identify the signs and take action to fix them. Here are some of the most common signs of sleep apnea:
- Stopping breathing during sleep
- Waking up gasping
- Feeling tired when you wake up
- Morning headaches
- Memory lapses
- Diminished sex drive
- High blood pressure
- Congestive heart failure
- Past stroke sufferer
Complete our online STOP BANG and Epworth Sleepiness Scale tests to see if you are at risk for sleep apnea. If you suffer from any of these symptoms and believe you have sleep apnea, a sleep study may be a perfect option to determine the cause of your apnea. Contact our office today to set up your sleep study.