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Do I Have Sleep Apnea
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
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 ?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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