Does Your Sleep Apnea Keep Your Partner Up at Night? Discover Your Treatment Options

It’s estimated that 50-70 million adults in the United States have a sleep disorder, with sleep apnea making up about 25 million of those cases. Treating sleep apnea helps you sleep better, improves your health, and even improves productivity.

Sleep apnea symptoms

When you drift off to sleep at night, you may assume that you’re sleeping soundly. But if you wake unrefreshed, and your partner says you snore, there’s a chance that you have sleep apnea.

Other symptoms that may mean you have sleep apnea include:

It’s important to know that snoring alone doesn’t mean that you have sleep apnea. It’s crucial to avoid self-diagnosis and visit a sleep disorder specialist like Dr. Ravinder Singh here at Premier Neurology Group.

Types of sleep apnea

There are two kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Both types cause pauses in breathing while you’re sleeping. Each time you stop breathing briefly, your body and brain aren’t getting a steady supply of oxygen. But because this happens while you’re asleep, you may not realize that you have it unless your partner’s sleep is disrupted, too, and they let you know about the signs they’ve witnessed that point to sleep apnea.

With obstructive sleep apnea, your airway is blocked by tissues in the throat. Central sleep apnea occurs because your brain fails to send the proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing. Neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, can affect the area of the brain that controls your breathing during sleep. People who have had a stroke are also at risk for central sleep apnea.

A comprehensive sleep study is the gold standard for detecting abnormalities in your breathing during sleep. The test will pick up any irregularities and show how often they occur. Sleep apnea can range from mild to severe. People with severe sleep apnea may stop breathing more than 30 times an hour.

Untreated sleep apnea is dangerous

Sleep apnea is more than just a nuisance to your bed partner, it can have a serious impact on your health. Your body regulates various important processes during sleep, and this becomes interrupted when you have a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea raises the risk Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes.

What are my treatment options for sleep apnea?

For sleep apnea with a neurological cause, treating the underlying condition can help. In addition to treating the underlying condition, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is an effective treatment and the most common way we treat sleep apnea.

A CPAP machine delivers a constant flow or air way pressure to your throat so that your airway remains open while you’re asleep. The machine uses a hose and mask or nosepiece to steady air pressure.

In some cases of obstructive sleep apnea, an oral appliance is a treatment option as well. It’s a nightguard that positions your jaw in a way that keeps your airway open, and you wear it while you sleep.

Treating your sleep apnea can have a positive impact on your quality of life by increasing energy, alertness, and overall well-being.

To learn more about how we diagnose and treat sleep apnea at Premier Neurology Group, schedule a consultation here at our office in Beverly Hills, California. You can also book your appointment online using our convenient scheduling tool.

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