Disruptive breathing while sleeping
Do you snore loudly? Perhaps you have a few pounds to lose or have a larger neck size? Do you occasionally wake up with a choking or gasping sensation? If so, you could have sleep apnea, a sleep problem where your breathing actually stops while sleeping. This potentially life-threatening condition can lead to other serious health conditions, including high blood pressure, stroke and heart attacks.
Characteristics of people with sleep apnea
A patient with sleep apnea may have any of these characteristics:
- Snore loudly
- Are overweight
- Have high blood pressure
- Consume alcohol
- Have a large neck size (greater than 17 inches for men and greater than 16 inches for women)
- Have some physical abnormality in the nose, throat, or other parts of the upper airway
Sleep apnea symptoms
A patient with sleep apnea may have any of these symptoms:
- Waking up with a very sore and/or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
- Sleepiness while driving
- Morning headaches
- Restless sleep
- Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex
- Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
We have a team of board-certified sleep doctors that can diagnose and treat sleep apnea. With years of experience treating sleep-related disorders, our experts can help you get a restful night’s sleep.
To learn more about sleep apnea, visit our online health library or call one of our sleep health locations to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep doctors.