Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing that prevent air from flowing into or out of a sleeping person’s airway. People with sleep apnea awaken frequently during the night gasping for breath sometimes over 50 times per hour. They do not remember these awakenings as they are for a few seconds only.
People with untreated sleep apnea have an increased risk of hypertension, stroke, diabetes, arrhythmias, depression, reflux and more. Sleep apnea can be treated. Men and women who snore loudly, and especially those that have been observed to have momentary lapses in breathing or gasping for air, should consult with Dr. Azarian to see if you have sleep apnea.
So how do you know if you have apnea?
Here are some signs that may indicate sleep apnea
- Do you snore frequently, and loudly enough that it can be heard in another room?
- Do you have a child who snores?
- Are you pregnant and you snore?
- Do you wake up gasping for air?
- Are you sleepy during the day?
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, call Dr. Azarian today for a consultation.