According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that occurs when the soft tissue in the throat falls back and blocks the airway. The body must then respond by waking up briefly to open the airway to allow you to breathe.
Signs and Symptoms
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea, but you may only have some of them. If left untreated, it can lead to congestive heart failure, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes later in life. Symptoms include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Morning headaches
- Morning dry mouth
- Awakenings at night
- Frequent urination
- Heart arrhythmias
- Decreased sex drive
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
There are several treatment options including machines to help you breathe or even surgery.
The most common and highly effective treatment is continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP). CPAP is a mask that fits over the nose and/or mouth, and gently blows air into the airway to help keep it open during sleep. Other methods include: dental appliances; upper airway surgery; nasal expiratory positive airway pressure; and hypoglossal nerve stimulation.
If you or a loved one suffers from this disorder, treatment can help. Contact Sleep Center at Comprehensive today to schedule a sleep study, so we can help you identify an appropriate treatment plan.
About Sleep Center at Comprehensive
The Sleep Center at Comprehensive, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers and Lung Center of Nevada, provides patients with sleep disorders with a wide range of treatment options for those in Southern Nevada and beyond.