Do You Need Treatment?

stewartsleepapneaDo you have trouble sleeping? If so, the culprit may be a widespread and serious health issue known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. A sleep disorder can make obtaining proper rest difficult and increase the likelihood of developing serious complications. Do you need treatment? What warning signs should you be aware of?


Is Your Snoring Waking The Whole House?

shutterstock_110176817Snoring can be an indicator of many things; congestion, allergies, or something more serious – like sleep apnea. Typically, however, snoring indicates a sleep disorder like sleep apnea when it’s excessively loud. For instance, if you sleep next to someone, they may frequently complain about how loud you are throughout the night – or you could even end up waking the whole house! If this sounds familiar to you, don’t ignore your snoring. While it may be difficult to reach a diagnosis – if left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can actually lead to other, more dangerous, health complications. (more…)

Would An Oral Appliance Benefit You?

shutterstock_121961872We’ve covered oral appliance therapy before, so you’re probably familiar with it by now. However, familiarity with the treatment and knowing how it can benefit you are two totally different things. More and more people who suffer from sleep apnea are leaning towards this treatment method, as opposed to using a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) device – but why? Oral appliances may benefit you in more ways than one; by treating your sleep apnea and helping you to maintain oxygen intake and also, just by being comfortable. (more…)

Can Children Have Sleep Apnea?

shutterstock_160257086Sleep apnea – a sleep disorder that causes breathing cessations throughout the sleep cycle – is often diagnosed in adults. Even then, though, because the symptoms often occur when the sufferer is unconscious, many cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed (or misdiagnosed). Many people assume that because the risk for sleep disorders increases with age, children don’t suffer from them. However, this is far from true – children can suffer from them, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In fact, it creates the same risks for health complications if left untreated and can be just as difficult to diagnose as it is in adults. (more…)

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Heart?

shutterstock_111096869By now, you’ve probably heard that sleep apnea can cause other health complications. What you may not understand is, this sleep disorder can, in fact, dangerously affect your heart. Whether you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or central, you experience breathing cessations throughout your sleep cycle, causing your body to go without oxygen for sporadic periods of time. While doctors are still unsure of the exact relationship between the two, studies have shown that the risk for heart disease and heart attack greatly decreases when a patient is treating their sleep apnea. (more…)

When Do You Visit The Doctor For Sleep Apnea?

shutterstock_119875249Knowing that you’re suffering from a sleep disorder can be tricky – while you’re undoubtedly tired throughout the day, it could present more similarly to a medical condition like fatigue or depression. When, in reality, you’re waking several times throughout the night because your body is lacking the oxygen it needs, and you’re not getting a full night’s rest. This is the reason many people who suffer from sleep apnea go undiagnosed – or even misdiagnosed. Furthermore, leaving the disorder untreated (whether your have a diagnosis or not) can lead to other dangerous health complications. So, how do you know when you should visit your doctor for sleep apnea? (more…)

Are You At Risk For Sleep Apnea?

shutterstock_186772571When most people think of the sleep disorder, sleep apnea, there are typically two things that come to mind; age and weight. And, while these are undoubtedly two major risk factors, you don’t have to be over-the-hill or overweight to suffer from the disorder. In fact, there are a variety of other health conditions and outside factors that can encourage muscle relaxation or – in the case of central sleep apnea – your brain. Are you at risk for sleep apnea? If you know you are, it’s likely that you’ll seek a diagnosis before the disorder can cause any further health complications. On the other hand, if you aren’t sure, the disorder could easily go undiagnosed (or misdiagnosed). (more…)