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Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep, blocking the airway and interrupting normal breathing rhythm. This obstruction of the upper airway leaves a person without air for dangerous periods of time. Signs that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea include loud snoring, nighttime gasping or choking/coughing, pauses in breathing during sleep, restlessness and frequent waking. Waking symptoms may include extreme sleepiness, depressing, morning headaches and poor performance at work or school.

Prolonged sleep apnea can also increase risk for conditions such as fatigue-related accidents, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which provides a gentle flow of positive air pressure through a nasal mask to keep the airway open during sleep.

Results of CPAP therapy include:

  • Normal breathing rhythm
  • An end to snoring
  • Restful sleep
  • Normal blood oxygen levels
  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduced or eliminated risks for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke or diabetes

Sleep Disorders Self-Test

  1. Have you been told by a friend of family member that you snore?
  2. Have you been told you have pauses in your breathing during sleep?
  3. Do you often feel tired or have a headache when you awake in the morning?
  4. Do you have high blood pressure?
  5. Do you have diabetes?

If you answer “yes” to two or more of these questions, you may benefit from a sleep study. This test is only an indicator, not a diagnosis. Please share these indicators with your physician for a referral or schedule a consultation with a sleep specialist at (877) 866-8763.

To Find Answers about Sleep Disorders

Your physician may call to order a sleep study, or you may call to schedule a consultation with a sleep specialist at (877) 866-8763.

Frequently Asked Questions

The first step in diagnosing and addressing a sleep disorder is often an overnight sleep study. Here are frequently asked questions about this helpful analysis.