At Houston Sleep Solutions, we often see patients who say they have been struggling with insufficient sleep for months or even years. Some of these individuals end up being diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.
You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”
The reluctance to pursue professional help is unfortunate because it takes a toll on their health and reduces their quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life more difficult for that person, as well.
Protect Your Health
For some puzzling reason, many individuals don’t consider sleep apnea a serious issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological activity more indispensable than that. And poor sleep can cause a plethora of serious health dilemmas. It also affects performance in every facet of life; work, recreation, and social settings.
Sleep apnea is a disorder where you have frequent, intermittent gaps in breathing while you sleep. These lapses can last for up to 60 seconds and are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and cuts off the airway. As you can probably imagine, when our brains do not get enough oxygen it interferes with vital biological processes.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles soften and obstruct the airway. This is the most prevalent type.
Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.
Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
This type is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Sudden awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person noticing the behavior)
Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities
Inability to concentrate during the day
Awakening with a headache
If you experience any of these symptoms, we invite you to discuss it with Doctor Montz. Call 281-485-4829 to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.
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