February:  Sleep Apnea

Know the signs of sleep apnea

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50-70 million Americans have a sleep related or wakefulness disorder. Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can cause health issues and other problems, such as work-related accidents, automobile crashes, and poor school performance in children and adolescents. 

Sleep apnea causes uneven sleep patterns and low oxygen levels in the blood. As a result, people with sleep apnea are at a higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and mood disorders. 

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include: 

  • Chronic snoring 
  • Breathing pauses during sleep
  • Sleep deprivation or sleeplessness
  • Difficulty with concentrating, learning, and memory
  • Depression or irritability
  • Falling asleep while at work, on the phone, or driving
If you think you have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor. Keep a sleep journal to record your sleep patterns, fatigue levels throughout the day, and any other symptoms you may have. Bring your journal and a list of all your medications to your appointment to discuss with your doctor. 
 
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