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How can a person know if they have sleep apnea if they sleep alone?

How can a person know if they have sleep apnea if they sleep alone?

Sleep study: Talk to your doctor about a sleep study. Symptoms of sleep apnea include non refreshing sleep, waking at night gasping for air, sleepiness during the day, dry mouth in the morning, feeling of paralysis while falling asleep or waking from sleep. Also look up epsworth sleepiness scale. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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How can a person know if they have sleep apnea if they live alone and don't know if they snore?

How can a person know if they have sleep apnea if they live alone and don't know if they snore?

A sleep study: There are other clues. Not feeling refreshed on waking up in the morning and daytime sleepiness/fatigue despite adequate number of hours of sleep. Early morning headache, waking up at night with a sensation of gasping/choking. Waking up during the night for no apparent reason and insomnia could be due to sleep apnea. Being overweight also is a risk factor. A sleep study may be needed to confirm. ...Read more

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How can a person know if he has sleep apnea type of snoring if he lives alone?

How can a person know if he has sleep apnea type of snoring if he lives alone?

Not just snoring: The real issue is feeling tired. If you wake up and feel you could sleep for several more hours, if you could or do nap during the day, if you fall asleep watching tv or a movie, if you fall asleep while driving ........ You may have sleep apnea. If your fatigue is an issue you should see your doctor and have them schedule you for a sleep study. ...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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Have moderate sleep apnea W/severe O2 loss. Will treat w/CPAP & oxygen. In future is it possible oxygen can be withdrawn & Cpap alone be adequate?

Have moderate sleep apnea W/severe O2 loss. Will treat w/CPAP & oxygen. In future is it possible oxygen can be withdrawn & Cpap alone be adequate?

Sometimes: Depends on whether patients have underlying lung disease and whether oxygen is also needed during the day as well. I have seen those that stay on oxygen and those that end up only on cpap over time. ...Read more

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How can a person know if they have sleep apnea without a sleep test?

How can a person know if they have sleep apnea without a sleep test?

Typical symptoms: Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (osa) include snoring, witnessed pauses in breathing, snort arousals, feeling unrefreshed upon awakening, morning dry mouth, daytime sleepiness, tiredness, memory/concentration difficulties among others. Physical features such as being overweight, set-back chin (retrognathia), large neck are also suggestive. You would need a sleep study to confirm. ...Read more

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Is c02 levels higher in a person with sleep apnea during awake hours?

Is c02 levels higher in a person with sleep apnea during awake hours?

Probably not: Since you are breathing normal during the day the c02 levels should come back to normal unless there is another problem with your breathing... ...Read more

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What would be the most common key signs that a person with sleep apnea need to be woken up?

What would be the most common key signs that a person with sleep apnea need to be woken up?

Lack of Breathing !: If the person makes absolutely no breathing sounds, and then starts "fighting" to catch a breath, this would be a good time to wake them up. No one ever had apnea when they were awake. This person must have a sleep study (at a clinic or at home) and a determination needs to be made if CPAP or oral appliance will successfully treat them. Apnea, if untreated leads to significant medical issues. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause a person to have nightmares?

Can sleep apnea cause a person to have nightmares?

Anything's possible: Nightmares can be the result of many things- emotional and/or physical. Sleep apnea may contribute some sort of cause, if the breathing mechanism is shut off during sleep and triggers a response as a nightmare or similar to one. If it reoccurs, i would see a sleep specialist asap. ...Read more

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Will sleeping in a reclinner benefit a person with sleep apnea?

Will sleeping in a reclinner benefit a person with sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Sleeping in a recliner may not be the answer to your sleep apnea. Consider being evaluated for a mandibular advancement device or a CPAP machine. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping 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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more