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Should You See A Sleep Specialist?


1.Patients who complain of:

  • Interrupted breathing during sleep.
  • Daytime Sleepiness and Fatigue.
  • Snoring.
  • Morning Headaches.
  • Restlessness during sleep.
  • Irritability, depression, trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, lack of energy.
  • Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking.
  • Dry mouth or sore throat after awakening.
  • Children complaining of irritability, poor concentration, hyperactivity, or bed wetting.

2.Patients who do not complain about sleep-related problems but belong to the “STOP-BANG” group and have two or more of the following:

  • S-snoring.
  • T-tiredness.
  • O-observed stop breathing .
  • P-abnormal blood pressure.
  • B-badly obese/increased body mass index (MBI).
  • A-age greater than 50.
  • N-large neck size (for men and women).
  • G-male gender.

3. Patients with common medical condition who fail to respond to unusual treatment should, at least be, considered for a consultation with a sleep medicine specialist. Many people who have obstructive sleep apnea have no sleep complains. Early studies suggest that moderate to severe OSA goes diagnosed up to 93% of women an 82% of men who have it. However, OSA has been identified as a risk factor for many illnesses.

Undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders are strongly associated with, and often contribute to the following common conditions:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stoke
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Epilepsy
  • Mental and Physical Fatigue
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Decreased Libido. Erectile Dysfunction
If you have have a patient with any of the above conditions that prove difficult to treat, please consider the possibility that the patient maybe suffering from OSA.
Successful treatment of OSA can make a very significant difference to patients quality and longevity of life.