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What can you do if you have sleep apnea?

What can you do if you have sleep apnea?

CPAP: First line treatment of apnea is cpap. Weight loss is important. A mouth guard may help and there are surgical options. ...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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What clinic do you go to if you have sleep apnea?

What clinic do you go to if you have sleep apnea?

Sleep lab: To diagnose sleep apnea you need to undergo a sleep study, usually in a sleep lab. Look for a board certified sleep specialist, typically a pulmonologist, neurologist, or ENT physician. ...Read more

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What can you do if you are unable to sleep at night?

What can you do if you are unable to sleep at night?

Dont lay in bed!: Whatever it is, dont lay in bed for more than 15-20 minutes. You dont want to associate the frustration of not being able to get to sleep with the bed and bedroom. This unconscious association is what makes normal insomnia into chronic insomnia. So get up and leave your bedroom. Try a snack, relaxation exercises, and even exercise 5-6 hours before you want to sleep. ...Read more

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Can your doctor say to you definitely you do not have sleep apnea but you went to a sleep study specialist he told you do have osa?

Can your  doctor  say to you  definitely  you do not  have  sleep  apnea  but  you went  to  a  sleep  study  specialist  he told  you do have  osa?

R/O OSA: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night study and CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have insomnia?

How do you tell if you have insomnia?

You don't sleep.: Some people have sleep onset insomnia (they can't fall asleep). Some have sleep maintenance insomnia (they fall asleep, but can't stay asleep), and some have a combination of both. If you're not sure if you're awake at night, then you're probably sleeping and don't have insomnia. If you are not getting adequate rest when sleeping, you might have obstructive sleep apnea or some other problem. ...Read more

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How do you know you have sleep paralysis?

How do you know you have sleep paralysis?

Narcolepsy: The sleep issues associated with narcolepsy include vivid nitemares, daytime sleep attacks, cataplexy, and sleep paralysis. The latter occurs when one awakens, opens eyes, and cannot move for a few seconds. Might consult a sleep specialist if this describes you. ...Read more

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How to know if I have sleep apnea or something else?

How to know if I have sleep apnea or something else?

Sleep apnea: Hello. You will need to have a sleep study or polysomnogram for confirmation. Your doctor can order this study. A home study is easy and accurate. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can happen if you do not sleep a lot?

What can happen if you do not sleep a lot?

Worst case: death: There have been case reports of people who have died because of lack of sleep. You are also at higher risk for accident / injury from lack of sleep. There are higher risks of obesity, of school problems, attention difficulty, mental health issues from lack of sleep. ...Read more

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What to do if i may have insomnia?

What to do if i may have insomnia?

Ensure that you are: Using good sleep hygiene. 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 alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading or warm bath. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sleep disorder?

What to do if I have a sleep disorder?

Sleep disorder: Can you advise more details on the specific symptoms? There are many different types of sleep disorders caused by many different factors, some which could be very serious. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have peritonsilar?

What can you do if you have peritonsilar?

See a doctor now: Peritonsillar abscess occurs when an tonsil infection gets out of control, and causes a pocket of pus between the tonsil and the muscle. It generally requires drainage by an ENT specialist, appropriate antibiotics, and sometimes steroids. The symptoms are pain and swelling one side of throat, difficulty swallowing, pain on opening the mouth, and a tender lymph node on the worse side. ...Read more

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What can you do to make sure if you have adhd?

What can you do to make sure if you have adhd?

Have an evaluation: If this is a concern, start with an evaluation with your doctor to determine if there are medical conditions interfering with your ability to focus and attend. If nothing is evident, see a neuropsychologist for testing. If you have ADHD, it is a treatable condition that can interfere with future education and work. ...Read more

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What can not getting enough sleep do to you?

Health problems: Lack of sleep can create multiple health and mental problems. These may include depression and an increased susceptibility to illness. ...Read more

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What to do if I can sleep?

Sleep hygiene: Good sleep hygiene. Use bed for sleep only. No caffeine before bed and no big meal before bed. Listen to soft music. No tv or anything that is activating you mind. You should also see your doctor for medication option. ...Read more

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If you do have breathing problems what do you do?

If you do have breathing problems what do you do?

DOCTOR: There are many serious problems that result in breathing problems. I would strongly recommend that you see a physician for an evaluation so that a proper diagnosis and treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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What if you have sleep paralysis? Bad!

What if you have sleep paralysis? Bad!

A sleep disorder: Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It is believed a result of disrupted rem sleep. While terrifying, it does not pose any serious health risk. A referral to a sleep neurologist may be helpful to evaluate for other sleep disorders like narcolepsy or circadian rhythm sleep disorders but improving sleep hygiene and addressing stress is most effective. ...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