Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea syndrome is a potentially disabling condition characterized by excessive daytime fatigue or sleepiness, disruptive snoring, episodes of upper airway obstruction during sleep, and nocturnal hypoxemia. During sleep, the pharynx repeatedly collapses. The patient

*Splinting means making the chest muscles rigid to avoid motion of that part of the chest.

struggles to breathe against the closed airway, which results in hypoxemia. The patient eventually awakens from sleep;the posterior pharyngeal muscles contract, opening the airway;and air rushes in, creating a loud snore or gasp. The patient falls back to sleep, only to have the events repeat. The poor sleeping pattern and the hypoxemia often lead to the symptoms of excessive daytime fatigue. The true prevalence is unknown, but it has been estimated that it is 4% among men and 2% among women from the ages of 30 to 60 years. The prevalence may be higher in individuals older than 60 years. Ask the following questions:

Have you been told that you snore?''

How often do you snore?''

Does your snoring bother other people?''

Have breathing pauses been noticed?''

Are you tired after sleeping?''

Are you tired during the daytime?''

Have you ever fallen asleep while driving?''

Do you have high blood pressure?''

The presence of snoring, sleepiness, and tiredness are suggestive of sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Have You Been Told Over And Over Again That You Snore A Lot, But You Choose To Ignore It? Have you been experiencing lack of sleep at night and find yourself waking up in the wee hours of the morning to find yourself gasping for air?

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