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Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

shutterstock_339018368Many individuals with sleep apnea might not even know they have it. However, there are certain signs and symptoms that may help detect this condition. In most cases, a person’s loved one will be the first to notice these signs, as loud snoring and gasping for air while sleeping are common telltale signs of sleep apnea. Some other signs can include:

  • Fatigue or drowsiness during the day
  • Daytime headaches
  • Pauses in breath while asleep
  • Waking up with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
  • Inability to concentrate during the day
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability

Sleep apnea is caused by soft tissues in the back of the throat (and/or the tongue) relaxing and preventing the proper flow of air. While the airway is partially or completely blocked, the vibration of these tissues causes snoring, and the body may jerk as the muscles fight to pull more air into the lungs. If you believe you or a loved one may be affected by sleep apnea, we recommend scheduling a sleep study to receive a proper diagnosis from a medical doctor. Once diagnosed, Dr. Jeffrey Schultz can help treat the condition, preventing the potential serious health risks associated with sleep apnea, and ultimately leading to an improved quality of sleep.