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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 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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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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How can someone know they have a priapism in their sleep?

How can someone know they have a priapism in their sleep?

Priapism: By definition, priapism is a painful erection that last more than four hours. Unless someone is an extremely deep sleeper, he should be awaken by the discomfort of having a priapism. www.peedoc.com @drhtay. ...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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For those that have sleep apnea. How do you get used to the cpap machine?

For those that have sleep apnea. How do you get used to the cpap machine?

Desensitization: I recommend to my patients to try to use the CPAP device in the evening while watching tv to get used to the feeling of the mask and pressure. This helps to make it easier and more comfortable to use at night while sleeping. Sometimes a mask change is needed for comfort or an adjustment in pressure. For some on higher pressure of CPAP and switch to bipap can make breathing easier. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many hours do you have to be sleeping to be in a deep sleep?

Can you let me know how many hours do you have to be sleeping to be in a deep sleep?

Normal: Typically for n3/delta sleep it is about 30-60 minutes for an adult and for rem it is about 90-120 minues. These are shorter in kids and in people that are chronically sleep deprived. ...Read more

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How can I help someone sleep or not to be depressed?

How can I help someone sleep or not to be depressed?

You can provide : Support ; education. You can't make someone else's depression go away, no matter how much you care. You can can encourage the person to accept counseling. Here is some sleep hygiene information that you can share. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no. ...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

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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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How can I tell if someone has sleep apnea?

How can I tell if someone has sleep apnea?

Symptoms and suspici: You have to be suspicous for the condition. It is not always the overweight person who snores. Think about daytime fatigue or waking up frequently at night without having a cause. There are a few online questionnaires that may be helpful. Bedparters can also be very helpful because they may hear the person stop breathing. ...Read more

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If a person has sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal insomnia do they ever feel tired? Or are they not able to sleep?

If a person has sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal insomnia do they ever feel tired? Or are they not able to sleep?

Observations: People with this disorder become unable to sleep, yet they do feel tired. However, the more curious question is why you're so completely focused on this condition? You have asked (and we have answered) countless questions about it. Are you not curious about this also? It really seems obsessive. We hope the best for you. Please see your own doctors who can work with you personally. ...Read more

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How does someone know if they have a concussion? And should they sleep it off? Are that's a bad idea? And can they take tylenol (acetaminophen)?

How does someone know if they have a concussion? And should they sleep it off? Are that's a bad idea? And can they take tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Confusion/headache: A concussion can occur after impact to the head and can cause loss of consciousness. Confusion can be an early symptom. Headache also can be a problem. If someone has enough impact to their head to cause either severe headache, nausea/vomiting, confusion, passing out, or seizure they should be evaluated at a hospital. They may need to be monitored in the hospital until these symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just not able to talk?

Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just not able to talk?

Sedated: People on life support are normally either not awake or they are given medicine to remain calm- this reduces blood pressure and demand on the heart and lungs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs to a child if they do not get enough sleep?

Can you tell me what occurs to a child if they do not get enough sleep?

Sleep: If a child doesn't get enough sleep he becomes crabby and irritable, refuses to eat and in the pong run his growth is affected ...Read more

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Why can you no longer take Valium when you have sleep apnea?

Why can you no longer take Valium when you have sleep apnea?

IT MAKES IT WORSE: Any sedatives including valium, alcohol or sleeping pills can make sleep apnea worse. All benzodiazepines have the same effect and are adviced not to be taken at night if you suffers from sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

They are sedated: When someone is put on the ventilator, we usually keep him sedated, the level of sedation varies based on the underlying illness, but in most cases we keep it light so the person is able to open eyes and communicate, in certain cases, we need deep level of sedation and the patient would not be able to communicate. ...Read more

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How can someone tell if they have insomnia?

Not sleeping well: Insomnia means inability to get sufficient sleep. It can be acute lasting a few days to weeks, or chronic. You could have trouble getting to sleep, trouble staying asleep, or both. There are many different causes. Especially if chronic, you need a good assessment rather than automatically medicating the problem. For more info: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/inso/. ...Read more

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I'm interested to know what happens to a child if they do not get enough sleep?

I'm interested to know what happens to a child if they do not get enough sleep?

Any symptoms ???: Sleep deprivation will usually lead to a crabby kid who is a bit more sickly than their peers ; less interested in sustained play. A kid falling asleep at odd moments or while other kids are playing is sleep deprived.Sleep talking and night terrors are sometimes seen. If kid sleeps well at night for > 9 hours, feeds well, plays at the same level as their friends is ok. ...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. 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