Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Make no mistake – our sleep, or rather, our quality of sleep, can tell us a lot about our health. If you find yourself frequently waking up, having difficulty staying asleep, snoring and even stopping breathing throughout the night, it might not just be from that late afternoon cup of coffee.

Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep due to a narrowed or closed airway. There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). But while common, the condition should not be ignored.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea range from loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness, to more serious signs such as high blood pressure, decreased libido and even depression. OSA can also complicate other health issues such as diabetes and have adverse effects on other parts of the body including you heart.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease 
Sleep Apnea Hurts Hearts
Taking Diabetes to the Heart: The Effects of OSA

When to seek help

While living with some of these side effects can be tolerated, if you experience any of the following symptoms, its time consult a medical professional: 
  • Snoring loud enough to disrupt others, or yourself 
  • Choking/gasping for air 
  • Noticeable pauses in your breathing during sleep 
  • Excessive drowsiness – the kind that can cause you to fall asleep while working, watching TV, or even driving. 

If you are experiencing any of these issues, Inspira Health’s Sleep Centers are here to help. Our team of expert clinicians have the skill and knowledge to properly evaluate and diagnose OSA, and the treatment options to get you back to living your best life.

Ask your doctor is Inspira Health Sleep Centers is right for your treatment plan. Or for more information, call us at (856) 853-2131 to schedule an appointment.