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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


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I think l have sleep apnea symptoms but i don't snore. But i can't do a sleep study in my place . What should I do to know if I have sleep apnea ?

I think l have sleep apnea symptoms but i don't snore. But i can't do a sleep study in my place . What should I do to know if I have sleep apnea ?

Home sleep study: If you think you have sleep apnea. You need sleep study to diagnoses to get CPAP machine. Otherwise. Just try CPAP machine if you do sleep better and feel good during the day then use it. But your insurance won't buy it for you. ...Read more

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I seem to have sleep apnea. What should I do?

I seem to have sleep apnea. What should I do?

Sleep study: You need to see a physician for a sleep study. Be sure they explain all your options to you. The first line of treatment for mild to moderate apnea is an oral appliance. If severe, usually a CPAP is prescribed. If you can't or won't use a cpap, an oral appliance can be used. Surgery is usually a third and last option in most but not all cases. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have sleep apnea?! I have sinus problems and they've been closed and Everytime i fall asleep I wake up gasping

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?! I have sinus problems and they've been closed and Everytime i fall asleep I wake up gasping

Sleep study: Ask your PCP to order a sleep study or be referred to a sleep specialist in order to get evaluated. In this type of test you are observed and monitored overnight in a special facility where your sleep pattern is studied. They can tell if you are suffering of sleep apnea keeping track of your oxygen levels and other parameters while you sleep. ...Read more

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I have insomnia and can't sleep. What should I do to sleep normally?

I have insomnia and can't sleep. What should I do to sleep normally?

Sleep hygiene: I agree w dr. Lessnau. In the mean time use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, . ...Read more

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If I wake myself up from snoring does that mean I have sleep apnea?

If I wake myself up from snoring does that mean I have sleep apnea?

Possibly: Snoring is a warning sign that sleep apnea may be present. Other complaints include awakening gasping/choking for air, dry mouth/sore throat, urinating multiple times at nights, morning headaches, unrefreshing sleep, cognative impairment and excessive daytime somnolence. Talk to your doctor about any of these symptoms. A sleep study would have to be done to confirmt he diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have difficulty breathing when lying down. How do I tell if this is "Obstructive sleep apnea" or "Heart failure"? I do have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

I have difficulty breathing when lying down. How do I tell if this is "Obstructive sleep apnea" or "Heart failure"?  I do have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Orthopnea: The symptom is called orthopnea. The way to find out if it's heart failure is to go to a doctor and find out if it's heart failure. The doctor may be able to tell you right there and then or (s)he may have to run some tests. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have sleep apnea? I live alone. Is snoring related to apnea?

How can I tell if I have sleep apnea? I live alone. Is snoring related to apnea?

Yes: Do you have other signs or symptoms such as, grinding your teeth, day time sleepiness, morning headaches, overweight, greater than a 15" neck, diabetes, lack of concentration, memory problems? If yes, then you should talk to your doctor. Sleep apnea is the #1 cause of hypertension. ...Read more

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Suffer from narcolepsy, I think. Should I get a sleep study?

Yes you should: The test you need is called a multiple sleep latency test which is performed in a sleep lab. It involves being monitored overnight and then taking a series of naps the next day to assess your level of excessive sleepiness. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea and I don't have a cpap machine anymore what can I do?

I have sleep apnea and I don't have a cpap machine anymore what can I do?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil iand nuvigil help with energy and fatigue Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL .Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. Limit use of sedatives/hypnotics like ambien/lunesta/rozerem. D/W your doctor all options if RLS is present neurontin/Topamax may help ...Read more

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I had daytime sleep study. diangosis idiopathic hypersomnia. I have cataplexy. How can I not have narcolepsy if it says you have it if you have cataplexy.

I had daytime sleep study. diangosis idiopathic hypersomnia. I  have cataplexy. How can I not have narcolepsy if it says you have it if you have cataplexy.

Narcolepsy: If someone strictly goes by textbook then you have to have two sorems on mslt. You can test for your orexin levels, and repeat sleep study with mslt and mwt in a university sleep lab. ...Read more

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Prev dr said i may have narcolepsy but i don't have vivid dreams or sleep paralysis but I have daytime sleepiness & moderate sleep apnea. Thoughts?

Prev dr said  i may have narcolepsy but i don't have vivid dreams or sleep paralysis but I have daytime sleepiness  & moderate sleep apnea. Thoughts?

Treatment: Anything that causes sleep fragmentation (apnea, pain, leg kicking, etc) leads to sleepiness. So even before testing for narcolespy in sleep lab setting you would have to confirm that the apnea is well controlled and not contributing to waking. Sometimes sleepiness is persistent because of years of apnea and there is med for that ... See someone specialized in these disorders and do your homewk. ...Read more

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What to do if I have sleep apnea and it's effecting my attendance?

Let supervior know: Sleep apnea is a medical condition. Getting your physician to write a letter , can often result in supervior/ employer making accomidations. Also OSA is a valid reason to take off under FMLA. ...Read more

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I think i suffer from sleep apnea. I'm trying to schedule a sleep study. What can I expect?

I think i suffer from sleep apnea. I'm trying to schedule a sleep study. What can I expect?

NPSG: An npsg is a formal overnight sleep study. You would be monitored for breathing, muscle activity, heart rate, oxygen level and brainwave activity. Typically an ahi (apnea hypopnea index) is calculated to determine if you are positive. A minimum of an ahi = 5 is needed to be positive. An ahi of 5-14 is mild, 15-29 is moderate and >30 is severe. ...Read more

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Should I be tested for sleep apnea if I snore?

Should I be tested for sleep apnea if I snore?

Definitely: Sleep apnea has now been determined to be an independent risk factor for developing hypertension and cardiac disease. If your partner notices that you are snoring and having episodes of difficulty bretahing(apnea), then youe should be studied for sleep apnea. ...Read more

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My husband says that I snore very loudly when I sleep. Does this mean I have sleep apnea?

My husband says that I snore very loudly when I sleep. Does this mean I have sleep apnea?

Maybe: Snoring doesn't always mean someone has sleep apnea, but it may be a sign of it. Do you have any pauses in breathing or gasping following those pauses? You may also have daytime sleepiness or wake up the morning not feeling very well rested. It's best that you discuss those symptoms with your doctor and see if you need a sleep study to diagnose sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea and insomnia..have a somnadentt doesn't help what else?

I have sleep apnea and insomnia..have a somnadentt doesn't help what else?

Exercise and : visualization of getting heavier and heavier sleepier and sleepier, with gradual muscle relaxation will work. you can make a tape of your voice of a scene you like or buy one and try it. Go to bed at the same time and dont drink alcohol or lots of caffeine beforehand. Good luck. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Carlo Hatem
1,205 doctors shared insights

Sleep Apnea (Definition)

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 ...Read more