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Sleep Apnea

Waking up throughout the night can take a significant toll on your health and wellbeing. If you’re having trouble breathing at night, we understand that it can be frustrating to get a full night's sleep with sleep apnea.

Our team of sleep specialists listens to your needs and provides care options that fit your lifestyle and schedule. We diagnose and treat sleep disorders with options like at home sleep testing so you can get a peaceful, undisturbed night’s rest.

What is Sleep Apnea?

If you or a loved one is having trouble sleeping, snoring, waking up tired, waking up with a headache or feeling sleepy during the day, it may be symptoms of a sleep disturbance called sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where you start and stop breathing throughout the night, leaving you feeling tired all day. Our doctors and staff at our sleep centers have the clinical expertise to diagnose your sleep apnea and begin treatment.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, mixed and central.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common of the three and is usually associated with snoring.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when your upper airway is intermittently blocked during sleep. The tissue around your airway collapses and blocks air from entering your lungs, causing your brain to wake you up enough to inhale more oxygen. This can happen several times during the night, interrupting your ability to get a good night’s rest.

Central Sleep Apnea

Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain isn’t communicating with the muscles that control your breathing while you sleep. This can cause symptoms of central sleep apnea such as shortness of breath, trouble staying asleep, abnormal breathing patterns at night, snoring and headaches in the morning.

Mixed Sleep Apnea

Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.

With these types of sleep apnea, often, you don’t remember waking up, but still feel tired the next day.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Common causes of sleep apnea can differ depending on your age, body and gender. Common factors can include:

  • Changes to weight, people with obesity commonly develop sleep apnea
  • Age, people who are 65 and older are more at risk for developing sleep apnea
  • Congestion, people with consistent nasal congestion at night are more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea
  • Gender, males are more likely to develop sleep apnea although after menopause, women are just as likely to have it

Sleep apnea is a progressive condition, often worsening with age and weight gain.

While these are the most common causes for developing sleep apnea, the type of sleep apnea you have may be caused by other factors or conditions.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

There are many symptoms that may indicate sleep apnea such as loud snoring, difficulty concentrating and daytime sleepiness. Additionally, there are certain risk factors such as age or obesity.

Learn more about the common sleep apnea factors and symptoms.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Testing

Our specialists may conduct a sleep study or test to better understand your sleep symptoms. There are a variety of tests available to determine your diagnosis, including at-home testing to allow for optimal test results and comfort.

Learn more about sleep apnea diagnosis and testing.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Our sleep doctors can recommend treatments that range from lifestyle changes to therapy treatments like CPAP. In addition to traditional sleep apnea treatments, our sleep experts will also take a holistic approach to your sleep apnea care. We will work with you to find a treatment plan that works for you and offer a variety of services including lifestyle changes, CPAP, dental or positional devices or surgery, depending on your needs.

Learn more about sleep apnea treatment options.

If you suspect your or a loved one may have sleep apnea, talk with your doctor today to decide if a sleep test may be right for you.