Sleep related breathing disorders are a group of disorders that affect our breathing while we are asleep, and are characterized by disruptions of normal breathing patterns that only occur during sleep. Therefore, the person with the disorder may be the last to know he or she has a problem.
Sleep related breathing disorders constitute a subset of the broad group of sleep disorders that include many other disorders such as insomnia (difficulty sleeping), hypersomnias (inappropriately falling asleep, for example, narcolepsy), parasomnias (activities during sleep, for example, sleepwalking and sleep terrors), and sleep related movement disorders (for example, restless leg syndrome). The most common sleep related breathing disorders are snoring and sleep apnea.
Morning cough is often the earliest sign of the disorder, followed by noisy breathing, chest pain, and breathlessness.Other symptoms may include.
- Difficulty breathing
- Chronic cough that produces sputum
- Wheezing, whistling, or hissing sound with breathing
- Chest pain or tightening
- Skin discolorations
- Erectile dysfunction
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Weight loss
- Daytime sleepiness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend that you contact Dr. Nii Ayi for a complimentary consultation to discuss your situation.