6. Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is the result of interrupted breathing, paused breathing and repeated upper airway blockage during sleep where oxygen levels suddenly drop increasing blood pressure and straining the cardiovascular system. This can be caused by triggering factors such as excessive and abnormal hormone growth, allergies, certain medical conditions, excessive smoking or alcohol use.

Other Issues

Sleep Apnea can lead to shocking, increased risk of heart attacks, concentration problems, abnormal sleeping, and disturbing your sleeping partner.

Symptoms:

  • Loud Snoring
  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Waking up chocking
  • Interrupted breathing such as pausing or stopping breathing during sleeping
  • Daytime headaches
  • Mood changes and depression

Treatment

CPAP therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is one of the most common treatment methods technologists and sleep physicians recommend to people who suffer from sleep apnea. However, if a patient prefers to avoid CPAP therapy altogether there are some alternative treatments available depending on the severity of the patient’s diagnosis.

The most common alternative treatments are:

  • Oral/Dental appliance
  • Weight Management Programs
  • Positional Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Changing Everyday Habits