If your snoring keeps others awake or if you are among the millions who endure poor sleep or suffer from the debilitating effects of obstructive sleep apnea, we can help.
In addition to non-refreshing sleep, obstructive sleep apnea, characterized by pauses in breathing throughout the night, also presents danger in the form of oxygen deprivation. When you stop breathing, your brain does not get enough oxygen.
Drastic problems can result from the oxygen deprivation of sleep apnea, including heart disease, high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, and learning/memory problems. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea are not even aware that they have a problem. Most often it is a bed partner who is the first to be aware.
The Importance of Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important bodily functions. Studies demonstrate that people who consistently have restful sleeps lead longer, healthier and more productive lives. One of the more important factors in getting a good night’s rest is an unobstructed airway. At a minimum, snoring and sleep apnea disrupt the sleep of both individuals and their bed partners. If you or your bed partner find yourselves to be tired throughout the day and suspect that snoring or sleep apnea may be the cause, consult your physician who may refer you to a qualified sleep specialist.
Common causes of sleep apnea include:
- Large tonsils or adenoids or other anatomical differences.
- Shape of head and neck may create a smaller than normal airway.
- Being overweight or obese (although many people with obstructive sleep apnea are not obese)
- Throat muscles and tongue relax more than normal during sleep.
- Snoring – Snoring can cause the soft palate to become inflamed and swollen, which in turn can obstruct the airway.
- Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
- Nasal congestion, nasal blockages, and nasal irritants
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Other physical conditions, disorders and syndromes
If you think that you or someone you care about may be suffering from sleep apnea, then please contact Dr. Ayi and he will be pleased to discuss treatment options with you!