What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that affects your breathing while you sleep. Those who suffer from sleep apnea usually snore loudly— enough to disturb their partner or others around them. If someone has ever commented on your snoring or sleeping habits, you may want to consider a sleep apnea test.

Do you stop breathing when you sleep?

Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. When a patient stops breathing for ten seconds or longer during sleep, they are experiencing an “apnea.”

These apneas can be caused by a variety of factors. It may be due to the collapse of soft tissues in the back of the throat. It could also be caused by a lolling tongue or overly relaxed throat that obstructs the airway.

The Impact of Sleep Apnea

Many tired patients wonder why their concentration and alertness have decreased so significantly. They also report poor performance during work and frequent mood swings. More often than not, sleep apnea is the culprit.

Because your airway is constricted, you cease breathing, resulting in a decrease of oxygen. This decrease in oxygen negatively impacts your brain and other organs due to a low blood oxygen level.

Sleep apnea can lead to fogginess, poor memory, decreased ability to concentrate or focus, or mood swings. Sleep apnea can also contribute to fragmented sleep and/or loud snoring. When you have sleep apnea, your body typically doesn’t have the opportunity to “recharge” itself, leaving you tired and groggy during the day.

Obstructive sleep apnea is also linked to heart disease, depression, and some forms of cancer. The lowered blood oxygen level makes it more difficult for your body to function and repair itself, which is why sleep apnea is linked to these serious health conditions.

We want our patients to be functioning at their optimal health. At Salt Lake Sleep Solutions, your doctor can help you determine if you have sleep apnea, so you can pursue treatment.

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

Anyone can develop sleep apnea. However, there are certain risk factors that increase your risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea, including:

  • Gender: Males more frequently develop sleep apnea.
  • Age: Older patients are more susceptible to sleep apnea.
  • BMI: Patients with higher BMIs are more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Sedatives: Patients who use alcohol or sedatives are at greater risk for breathing-related sleep disorders.

Snoring, daytime sleepiness, and high blood pressure can all be indicators of sleep apnea. If you think you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, do not delay treatment. Call our office today to schedule an appointment!

Schedule an Appointment for Diagnosis and Treatment

If you have any sleep apnea symptoms, like chronic fatigue or loud snoring, contact Salt Lake Sleep Solutions to properly diagnose your sleeping disorder. We can provide an at-home sleep test to help you learn more about your sleep health.

We want you to feel your best! That’s why we are dedicated to providing you the relief you need through sleep apnea treatment.