Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine for Windward Oahu
Obstructive sleep apnea is identified by obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. This causes pauses , or breaks, in a person's breathing, preventing air from entering the lungs and forcing the person to wake briefly (unconciously) to start breathing again before falling back to sleep.
These breaks in sleep can happen hundreds of times throughout the night, resulting in excessive sleepiness during the day.
Some signs of sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, morning headaches, lack of concentration, memory impairment, moodiness and falling asleep at inappropriate times, such as sitting quietly at work or while driving. If left untreated, OSA may lead to such medical conditions as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, impotence or personality changes.
There are several options for treating sleep apnea, including Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, oral and nasal appliances to open the airway and surgery can be a consideration in certain situations where sleep apnea is a result of a physical obstruction.
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When snoring is linked with sleep apnea, it represent a health hazardous to you. Snoring is caused when there is a partial airway obstruction. When the airway is completely obstructed, it is sleep apnea, which can cause additional health problems.
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