Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the airway narrows or closes during sleep, obstructing the airflow and affecting your ability to breathe for anywhere between 10 and 30 seconds. It can be caused by a physical obstruction or a central nervous system malfunction. The airflow blockages can cause disruptions in your sleep cycle hundreds of times a night, resulting in daytime drowsiness, sleepiness, and an inability to feel rested. Because this happens while you are sleeping, you may not even know you have sleep apnea.
The signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include
Snoring: The narrowing of the airways results in loud snoring. If your snoring disrupts your partner or others, then it might be sleep apnea. The intense snoring can also cause you to wake up with a sore throat or a dry mouth.
Waking up suddenly with a choking or gasping sensation: This could signal a breathing interruption.
Restless sleep with frequent sudden awakenings: Sleep apnea can even cause insomnia as you wake up repeatedly throughout the night.
Daytime sleepiness: Due to the frequent interruptions in the sleep cycle, people with sleep apnea may feel like they are never rested, especially in the morning or while participating in activities such as driving or watching TV. The excessive tiredness can also cause secondary issues such as weight gain, poor mood, difficulty concentrating, and loss of sex drive.
Untreated sleep apnea is more than just exhausting—it has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, car accidents, and job-related injuries.
Sleep Apnea Resources
- Preventing Sleep Apnea
- Myths and Facts of Sleep Apnea
- Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease
- Sleep Apnea and Cancer
- Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
If you think you may have sleep apnea, make an appointment at Zeeba Sleep Center. We specialize in sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, and are one of the only accredited sleep disorder facilities in Las Vegas. Make your appointment today by calling (702) 242-1562 or by contacting us online.