Obstructive Sleep Apnea
More than 18 million Americans—approximately one in 25 people—suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder in which the sleeper’s breathing is repeatedly interrupted—for more than 10 seconds and sometimes up to a minute. These interruptions occur because the throat “collapses” and the airway is not open. Apneic breathing—the interruptions—can occur five-to-thirty times per hour, or more!
Chronic snoring is a strong indicator of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include difficulty concentrating, excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability, depression, sexual dysfunction, learning and memory problems and falling asleep at the wheel or at work.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure, heart attack, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke or diabetes.
Sleep apnea can be life-threatening and is often under-diagnosed. If you think you or a loved one have sleep apnea, please consult a medical professional. For the highest quality testing, treatment and care, call Clayton Sleep Institute at 314-645-5855