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What causes you to get sleep apnea?

What causes you to get sleep apnea?

Not just weight: Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box". The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited , will increase the risk of osa . Low muscle tone is also a factor. ...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 severe of sleep apnea do you need to get modafinil?

How severe of sleep apnea do you need to get modafinil?

CPAP: The fda approved indications for Modafinil (provigil)or Nuvigil are daytime fatigue with a diagnosis of sleep apnea treated with a CPAP or bipap, shift work disorder, or narcolepsy. So if you are using a CPAP for your sleep apnea typically the level of severity is moderate to severe. ...Read more

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What can going to a sleep specialist doctor do for sleep onset insomnia problems?

What can going to a sleep specialist doctor do for sleep onset insomnia problems?

The science of sleep: study has come a long way in the last 10 years, so the list of helpful techniques has grown. We know that turning off sources of bright light (cell phones, computers, laptops) about an hour before bed makes a difference in some. We know about the effect of exercise, herbs (melatonin, valerian root, etc.), sex, hot showers, and lots of other common behaviors have on sleep onset. Ask a pro... ...Read more

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Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Sleep apnea how do u get this what causes it?

Condition: Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where the back of the throat closes and prevents breathing. Contributing factors include the structure of the throat which is influenced by how we develop and being over weight. Central sleep apnea is a condition where the brain does not send a signal to the lungs to breath. They are treated differently. See your physician asap if you have this problem. ...Read more

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Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?

Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea? What causes death? Is it preventable? What test do you need to have run on you?

Obstructive : Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is tough on your body. It happens when your airway closes off as you sleep causing disrupted sleep, snoring and fatigue and sleepiness the next day. Osa causes early mortality due to the chronic low oxygen levels at night and causes heart and lung disease and contributes to memory problems. It is diagnosed in a sleep clinic where you check in at night, sleep in their bed with monitors on your arms, legs , head and chest for the night. If you have obvious osa they will often wake you and put a CPAP device on you to see if it helps you keep your airway open on that same night. Cpap is a device that you wear under your nose or on your face like a mask and it helps put continuous airway pressure to keep your airway from closing. Folks with osa describe feeling tired all the time "like I am walking through mud". They fall asleep at the wheel driving and get high blood pressure. The diagnostic test is easy and just takes one night to help decide if this is a problem for you. ...Read more

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What is a sleep disturbance? Do you have to wake up or can you sleep through it?

What is a sleep disturbance? Do you have to wake up or can you sleep through it?

Disrupted Sleep: A "sleep disturbance" is anything that disrupts the normal sleep pattern. So, it could be sleep apnea that keeps waking someone's brain up. Or, frequent urination; or insomnia from a number of reasons. Usually, you don't "sleep through" a sleep disturbance because it would not be a disturbance then. ...Read more

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Could sleep apnea cause you to suffocate to death in your sleep?

Could sleep apnea cause you to suffocate to death in your sleep?

Not likely: Not likely. But it can lead to or compound other medical issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and high cholesterol. It is best to have it formally checked out by a sleep medicine specialist. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How to determine if I have sleep apnea?

How to determine if I have sleep apnea?

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 more

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What causes you to fall to sleep even if youre not tired or sleepy?

What causes you to fall to sleep even if youre not tired or sleepy?

Food, narcolepsy: Some people are sensitive to large meals for more details about narcolepsy-- cut and paste http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1188433-overview. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is obstructive sleep apnea?

Could you explain what is obstructive sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: is a condition of cessation of breathing during sleep that lasts for 10 seconds or longer. It may affect between 1% and 10% of the population, tends to occur between the ages of 40 and 60, and affects more males than females. ...Read more

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How to tell what are symptoms of sleep apnea?

How to tell what are symptoms of sleep apnea?

Several: 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, cognitive impairment and excessive daytime somnolence. Talk to your doctor about any of these symptoms. A sleep study would have to be done to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there a reason to do a sleep study other than to determine if you have sleep apnea or rls? Thank you.

Is there a reason to do a sleep study other than to determine if you have sleep apnea or rls? Thank you.

Yes: When i construct dental mouthpieces for snoring and sleep apnea, i will not make one unless the patient has an up-to-date sleep study. Often, i see patients who cannot or won't tolerate the CPAP machine (which is the gold standard.) but i will not make the mouthpiece as an alternative unless their sleep study is fairly recent. ...Read more

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Can you have sleep apnea and narcolepsy? What is the test for narcolepsy?

Can you have sleep apnea and narcolepsy? What is the test for narcolepsy?

SEE A SPECIALIST: Narcolepsy and sleep apnea are sleep disorders with different origins. I would see a sleep specialist, such as a pulmonologist, who can give you the answers to your questions. ...Read more

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What to do if sleep disorder?

What to do if sleep disorder?

Sleep disorder: Depends on symptoms. Insomnia is best treated unsually with Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia(I teach this), nightmares can be resolved with my No More Nightmares training, other organic disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg or periodic leg movement, and many others, should be assessed in a sleep study first. You can contact me for an initial assessment ...Read more

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Possible obstructive sleep apnea --who do I see to get a diagnosis?

Possible obstructive sleep apnea --who do I see to get a diagnosis?

Sleep specialist: The standard for diagnosing sleep apnea is either a sleep test done at a sleep clinic or an overnight sleep test done at home. Information from this evidence based testing is interpreted by a board certified sleep specialist who renders a specific diagnosis from the sleep test. Dentists who provide oral appliances in treating mild and moderate sleep apnea can help arrange for sleep testing. ...Read more

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How severe does sleep apnea have to be to need modafinil?

How severe does sleep apnea have to be to need modafinil?

Depends: Interestingly the severity of sleep apnea is not well correlated with severity of the sleepiness. Modafinil is only used when patients remain sleepy despite adequate treatment of osa. A sleep specialist may perform a special test to determine the level of sleepiness before prescribing. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go see a doctor or find ways to minimize my potential sleep apnea condition?

Do you think I should go see a doctor or find ways to minimize my potential sleep apnea condition?

See your doctor: You should see your doctor and have a sleep study to accurately diagnosis your condition. Depending on the severity, trying to minimize it yourself may not do anything. Sleep apnea can be caused by anatomical issues such as having a narrower airway, deviated nasal septum or large tonsils. If sleep apnea goes untreated or is severe, it can lead to high blood pressure or heart problems. ...Read more

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What are some ways to tell if you're sleep deprived?

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What are some ways to tell if you're sleep deprived?

Sleep Study : It is a polysomnography (psg) that record what happens to your body during sleep. The goal of this test is to find out what is causing your sleep problems. It can also determine if you have a problem with your stages of sleep. Psg is the most accurate assessment. Rec.: ask your pcp for the sleep study referral. ...Read more

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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