Next to insomnia, sleep apnea is the most common sleeping disorder. Nearly 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with an estimated 50% of sufferers being undiagnosed
Sleep apnea is characterized by loud snoring and consistent episodes of breathing pauses throughout sleep. These episodes can range from 5 to over 100 times a night! Breathing is paused when the airway becomes obstructed, usually from a lolling tongue or overly relaxed throat while you sleep. It could also be caused by enlargement of the throat tissues during sleep.
Sleep apnea negatively affects your overall health since it disrupts the necessary and much-needed deep sleep cycle. You need deep sleep so your body can repair itself and recharge. When you’re not getting a restful deep sleep, your physical health and mental clarity are negatively impacted. You may feel sluggish, irritable, and lethargic throughout the day. Sleep apnea can also lead to a host of health complications such as depression, diabetes, or heart disease.
You may have sleep apnea if you have the following symptoms:
- General grogginess
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty staying awake, especially while watching TV, reading a book, or while at work.
- Morning headaches and dry throat
- Mood swings and increased irritability
- Decreased sex drive
Dr. Bigelow can help determine if you have sleep apnea. He provides convenient at-home tests that can assess your sleeping patterns and monitor your breathing.
If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, contact Dr. K. Don Bigelow. Dr. Bigelow is a specialist in treating sleep apnea. He even has his own separate practice, Salt Lake Sleep Solutions, that is dedicated to providing relief from this dangerous sleeping disorder.
Schedule an appointment with Salt Lake Sleep Solutions to start treating your sleeping disorder! It’s time for you to get a full night’s sleep again!