It is estimated that approximately 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, and many are not even receiving treatment for their condition. While this is a common sleep disorder it can also be dangerous and life threatening. Sleep apnea happens when the tissues at the back of the throat collapse and block airways. This decreases the amount of oxygen being carried to the heart and the brain. When these oxygen levels decrease, this inability to breathe will wake the body up throughout the night. This can happen up to hundreds of times in one night and patients often complain of not feeling rested upon waking.
Those with sleep apnea may snore loudly or even stop breathing for moments while they are asleep, which may cause the patient to wake up gasping for air. When the sleep apnea sufferer is awake, they may complain of morning headaches, memory loss, poor concentration and feeling exhausted throughout the day. This condition also puts patients at a higher risk of accidents and medical emergencies like a stroke or heart attack. If you have any of these symptoms then you may have sleep apnea.
In order to properly diagnose your sleep apnea, you will need to come into our sleep clinic overnight for an evaluation. We will perform a sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram, which will record your physical activity while you sleep. If sleep apnea is suspected, then we will most likely perform this sleep study over two nights. The first night will require general monitoring, as well as a confirmed diagnosis of sleep apnea. The second night we will have you use a CPAP machine while you sleep to help us determine the proper among of pressure that will be needed to reduce your symptoms. CPAP therapy, also known as continuous positive airway pressure, is a common way to treatment sleep apnea. This compact machine produces a constant steady stream of airy pressure through a mask or nose piece that you will wear while you are asleep.
The only way to properly diagnose and treat your sleep apnea is through a sleep study. To find out how our sleep clinic could improve your sleep apnea symptoms, contact our Forest Hills, NY office today at (855) 692-5577.
For more information on Sleep Apnea in the Forest Hills, NY area call Advanced Sleep Care at (855) 692-5577 today!