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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. 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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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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Will sleeping on either side benefit a person with sleep apnea?

Will sleeping on either side benefit a person with sleep apnea?

Yes: Most of the people have more stops breathing events in supine position due to the collapsing of the tongue and the soft palate in the back position (supine). Some Patients and usually males have obstructive sleep apnea only in supine position. In general sleeping in the side positions will benefit the sleep apnea. But you are using CPAP, you can sleep in positions. ...Read more

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Does undiagnosed long term sleep apnea cause low 02 blood sat. Rates even when person is not asleep?

Does undiagnosed long term sleep apnea cause low  02 blood sat. Rates even when person is not asleep?

No: Sleep apnea is caused by collapse of upper airway when you are asleep. Some people with sleep apnea shows high hemoglobin (thicker blood) or high co2. If oxygen runs low while patient is awake, this is due to cardiac, pulmonary or chest wall issues. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a person with sleep apnea dying due to lack of oxygen?

What is the probablity of a person with sleep apnea dying due to lack of oxygen?

Sleep apnea: The greater the sleep apnea ( classifications from mild to severe) the greater the chance of dying of " natural causes " in your sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and should be actively treated. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if a person doesn't get there tonsils out in adolescence can lead to sleep apnea?

Does anyone know if a person doesn't get there tonsils out in adolescence can lead to sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Enlarged tonsils ( and adenoids) can be connected to sleep apnea, however, their presence is not a guarantee of developing this condition. There are several other factors that can play a role: being overweight, nasal obstructions-deviated septum, allergies, enlarged turbonates , and allergies to name a few. ...Read more

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Can mild sleep apnea cause a person to be so tired and cause a person to fall asleep sitting doing nothing or working at my computer?

Can mild sleep apnea cause a person to be so tired and cause a person to fall asleep sitting doing nothing or working at my computer?

Fatigue: Hello. Absolutely. Daytime fatigue is a common symptom of sleep apnea. Even mild. I would still recommend reviewing your results, your medications, and symptoms with a sleep specialist. It may be a combination of issues. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person has sleep apnea, is it dangerous to be on seraquil if it may depress the nervous system and make him not breath enough at night?

Can you tell me if a person has sleep apnea, is it dangerous to be on seraquil if it may depress the nervous system and make him not breath enough at night?

See your dr.: Seroquel (quetiapine) is sedating; however, it does not depress the respiratory centers of the brain. If a person has sleep apnea, then he needs a full evaluation and sleep study. Weight loss may help if a person is obese. Other treatments include the use of a custom fit CPAP machine or uvulopharyngoplasty. He should see a sleep specialist and/or an ENT surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if a person has sleep apnea, is it dangerous to be on seraquil if it may depress the nervous system and make him not breath enough at night?

Can you tell me what you suggest if a person has sleep apnea, is it dangerous to be on seraquil if it may depress the nervous system and make him not breath enough at night?

Get Treatment: The person should have a sleep study and get treatment regardless. There are different types of sleep apnea. Some sleeping medications can relax the neck tissues which can further close off the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to several medical issues such as high blood pressure. Here is a link that may be helpful : http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea/. ...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


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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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