What happens when you have sleep apnea?
Air stops flowing
An apnea event is when air stops flowing to your lungs for ten seconds or longer, meaning you stop breathing.
Brain sends a signal
Your brain sends a signal to your body to wake up and take a breath. You take a breath and fall back to sleep.
These apnea events can occur hundreds of times a night and many people with sleep apnea don’t know it’s happening.
Ignoring OSA could put you at risk for serious health problems such as:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease or Irregular Heart Rhythms
- Heart Attack
- Driving or Work-Related Accidents
- I have been told that I snore.
- I wake up at night gasping for air.
- I feel tired all the time.
- I often wake up in the morning with a headache.
- I am at least 20lbs. overweight.
- I have high blood pressure.
- I sweat a lot during the night.
- I wake up with my heart skipping beats.
- I can’t stay awake during the day.
- I have trouble concentrating.
- I’m irritable most or all of the time.
- My neck collar size is larger than 17 inches (male) or 16 inches (female).
- I have fallen asleep while driving.
- I have diabetes.
If 3 or more of these statements are true for you, then you may have Sleep Apnea. Contact your family Doctor to see about having a Sleep Study conducted.