Sleep Apnea: Learn the Symptoms, Descriptions & Treatment

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects sleep quality. Sleep apnea occurs when the breathing pauses during sleep, sometimes more than 20 times an hour. This causes sleep deprivation and fatigue, which could lead to other health problems like diabetes or heart disease. The most common cause of sleep apnea is obesity; however, it can also be caused by smoking, allergies, or certain medical conditions such as enlarged tonsils. In this blog post, we will discuss symptoms of sleep apnea in adults and children, how it’s treated and what you can do to reduce your risk. Learn more here.

A sleep study is needed to determine whether or not someone has sleep apnea. However, there are some signs that may indicate sleep apnea including snoring loudly for more than 15 minutes per hour of sleep; daytime tiredness; morning headaches; depression or other mood disorders; high blood pressure (hypertension); night sweats during sleep atypical breathing pattern in the chest area while sleeping. Children experiencing sleep problems such as difficulty breathing, restless sleep, frequent nightmares, and bedwetting should also be evaluated by a physician. Learn more about How to Know If You Have Sleep Apnea.

If you experience any symptoms that might suggest sleep apnea most commonly from obesity-you can consult with your doctor about treating sleep apnea. The sleep doctor might prescribe a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device which forces air into your upper airways to keep the air passages open while you sleep.