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Neurosciences & Psychiatry Institute

Sleep apnea

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.