Sleep Apnea–Not Just A Sleep Disorder

sleep disordersSleep apnea is a sleep disorder whereby the sleeper stops breathing several times an hour, all night long. If you have sleep problems that involve waking up frequently during the night gasping or your bed partner tells you that you snore, you may have a sleep problem. Sleeping disorders are more problematic than you realize, as they can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and a host of other life threatening health problems. Sleeping problems don’t have to be a problem; while there are no sure fire sleep apnea cures, there is sleep apnea treatment.

Talking with your family doctor will get you a much needed referral to a sleep disorder specialist. Sleep disorder doctors are specially trained to uncover how you sleep. You spend time in a sleep center overnight to get accurate data on how they can get you the sleep help you need. Sleep aids like a sleep apnea mask are often prescribed, and it has to be worn every time you sleep in order to avoid the aforementioned health risks related to your specific sleeping disorder.

A sleep disorders doctor will check up on you regularly to make sure your mask is working and monitor any other health concerns from obesity to fatigue, which are all related to your sleeping disorder. A data collection card resides within your sleep apnea machine that records how well the machine is working for you. Your doctor downloads this information with every visit to determine if adjustments need to be made or other sleep aids like medicine need to be added for you to get the most restful sleep you can get.

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