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Sleep Apnea: Did you know?

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Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.

Three main types of sleep apnea:

– Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.

– Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

– Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Most common symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
  • Night sweats
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Problems with sex
  • Snoring
  • Waking up suddenly and feeling like you’re gasping or choking
  • Trouble getting up in the mornings

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you are not alone. Over 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Here are more stats concerning sleep apnea:

  1. If left untreated, sleep apnea can take 8-10 years off your life. That’s more than smoking (7-10 years).
  2. Sleep apnea increases the risk of a heart attack even more so than smoking and obesity.
  3. Snoring and sleep apnea don’t always go hand in hand. Many people suffer from sleep apnea and never snore.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with sleep apnea. Dr. Swerdlin offers many of the most advanced sinus and nasal procedures available. These procedures can dramatically reduce snoring and apnea. Stop being miserable and get your condition checked out. Call Dr. Swerdlin today!

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