Sleep Apnea: Did you know?

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Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. This may cause you to snore loudly, and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.

Three main types of sleep apnea:

– Obstructive – The more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.

– Central – This occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

– Complex sleep apnea syndrome – Also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

Most common symptoms:

  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
  • Night sweats
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Problems with sex
  • Snoring
  • Waking up suddenly and feeling like you’re gasping or choking
  • Trouble getting up in the mornings

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you are not alone. Over 22 million Americans suffer from this condition. Here are more stats concerning the sleep disorder:

  1. If left untreated, apnea can take 8-10 years off your life. That’s more than smoking (7-10 years).
  2. Increased risk of a heart attack even more so than smoking and obesity.
  3. Snoring and sleep apnea don’t always go hand in hand. Many people suffer from apnea and never snore.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with sleep apnea. Dr. Swerdlin offers many of the most advanced sinus and nasal procedures available. Stop being miserable and get your condition checked out. Call Dr. Swerdlin today!

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