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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Overview)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to your airways being blocked.


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How does sleep apnea interfere with your sleep?

How does sleep apnea interfere with your sleep?

Prevents deep sleep: Apnea causes an arousal in the brain that either 1) wakes you up or 2) lightens the stage of sleep you are in. Sleep is like walking down the stairs... It's a stepwise approach to deeper sleep. The more severe your apnea, the more you "go back up the stairs" to lighter sleep... Continued interruption may prevent you from "getting all the way down the stairs.". ...Read more

Dr. Carlo Hatem
1,205 Doctors shared insights

Sleep Apnea (Overview)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to your airways being blocked.


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Is this a symptom of sleep apnea? I always need to sleep more hours than everyone else.

Is this a symptom of sleep apnea? I always need to sleep more hours than everyone else.

ONE OF MANY REASONS: People with sleep apnea generally are not well rested and need a nap or fall asleep during the day or can't get out of bed easily in the morning. I would be examed by your internist and have a full blood panel done to rule out diseases such as epstein-barr. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea (Tip)

Use CPAP or bipap to correct obstructive sleep apnea which is the most common type of sleep apnea. ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
Once
Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
daily
Don't drink alcohol
Once
Never drive sleepy
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Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Fatigue, snoring, daytime sleepiness, stop breathing for a few seconds while sleeping- are a few symptoms of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea, is frequently associated with increase level of hemoglobin and htn. Sleep study is indicated. CPAP will be the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Is continuous diffulty in swallowing be a sign of sleep apnea. I have poor sleep and wake up with sore throat. MD dismissed sleep apnea as iam not obese?

Is continuous diffulty in swallowing be a sign of sleep apnea. I have poor sleep and wake up with sore throat. MD dismissed sleep apnea as iam not obese?

See an ENT: Swallowing difficulty is not a typical sign of sleep apnea, but can be related to other problems that may affect your sleep (like very large tonsils, for example). This should be evaluated by an ENT. Throat could be sore because of dryness and irritation from mouth-breathing/snoring, sinus drainage, or acid reflux. If your nose is obstructed (e.g. deviated septum), this can worsen mouth breathing. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea (Tip)

Obstructive sleep apnea treatment can lead to more restful sleep and healthier bodies. ...See more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to bed at the same time every day
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Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
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What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do I need to spend another night a

What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do I need to spend another night a

These: These are questions best posed to your sleep specialist. You should have had a post-sleep study meeting with your specialist where you would have been told the meaning of your results and been given a set of options. That is where you should have discussed your issue with sleeping own your back. It very well be that you have sleep apnea no matter in what position you sleep. Without seeing your sleep study results and having the benefit of a complete history and physical exam it is impossible to make a recommendation. ...Read more

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What are some ways for me to diagnose sleep apnea?

What are some ways for me to diagnose sleep apnea?

You really can't: You can't self diagnose sa because you sleep through it. It is usally the bed partner who gets clues of hearing gasping, choking, or moments of no breathing. The sleeper has no knowledge of the event! Some who do suffer from sa have excess daytime sleepiness, doze off while watching tv etc. If you are suspicious that you might have it, get a sleep study done. It is painless and very easy. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea (Tip)

Sleep apnea doesn't only occur in obese people. Many other conditions can cause it. ...See more

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Cure of sleep apnea?

Cure of sleep apnea?

No cure: There is high failure rate of surgical procedures for sleep apnea. Best treatment is the CPAP mask adjusted to the right pressure. There are some that automatically adjust themselves for the best pressure. Need to get the most comfortable mask & less noisy machine. Complications of surgery include airway obstruction, bleeding, hematoma, infection, pain, death, dysphagia, velopharyngeal etc... ...Read more

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Is there any sort of self-test for sleep apnea, like an app?

Is there any sort of self-test for sleep apnea, like an app?

No: One needsto be tested to diagnose sleep apnea by either an outpatient overnight test or testing in a sleep lab. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea (Tip)

Enlarged nasal turbinates and a deviated septum can be components of sleep apnea. ...See more

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What type of doctor should you see to be tests for sleep apnea?

What type of doctor should you see to be tests for sleep apnea?

Your regular Dr: While
the specialists in sleep medicine handle really tough cases and read sleep studies your regular dr can order the tests. ...Read more

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Can you have sleep apnea only in certain sleep positions?

Can you have sleep apnea only in certain sleep positions?

Yes: Yes. Most commonly on back where the effects of gravity cause the tongue to fall back and potentially block the airway. You sleep doc will help sort out this parameter. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea (Tip)

Don"t- ignore snoring, frequent sleep awakenings or cessation of breathing. Check sleep apnea. ...See more

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Can medications cause sleep apnea?

Can medications cause sleep apnea?

Unlikely: If someone has airway obstruction and bad snoring they can have something called "upper airway resistance syndrome" or "pre-apnea." sedatives or narcotics can make someone with this condition worse leading to true apnea. ...Read more

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If I was around 185 ish at 5'9 and now I'm 170, does this mean my sleep apnea could be gone or do I need to lose more? I'm 18 male

If I was around 185 ish at 5'9 and now I'm 170, does this mean my sleep apnea could be gone or do I need to lose more? I'm 18 male

Symptoms?: What are/were your OSA symptoms? Most commonly would be daytime sleepiness. Still present? Then perhaps weight loss would make a difference. There are other factors to consider. Only "proof" would be another sleep study. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea (Tip)

Sleep apnea 101: hypopnea is an episode of decreased airflow (usually a drop in oxygen saturation). ...See more

Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more