Sleep Apnea Facts
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects one of every four men and one in every eleven woman in middle age.
It results from a collapse of the upper airway tissues as the muscles within them relax during sleep. As a result of this obstruction, airflow to the lungs is blocked and the blood oxygen level decreases.
When the brain detects a dangerously low level of oxygen in the blood, it sends a signal to wake and take a deep breath. The waking, called an arousal, is not a conscious waking, but rather a change in the brain waves to come out of a sleeping state.
In sending this signal, the brain causes the heart rate and blood pressure to increase. This cycle of airway obstruction, decreased oxygen, arousals and increased blood pressure can occur hundreds of times a night, with patients completely unaware.
As a result of their fragmented sleep, patients with sleep apnea wake not refreshed and may be tired and/or excessively sleepy.
Include loud, habitual snoring, extreme daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, and has other medical consequences such as depression, mood change, memory loss, weight gain, fatigue and impotency.
What is a Sleep Disorder?
A sleep disorder is a medical condition causing a disturbance of the normal sleep pattern. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning. A test commonly ordered for some sleep disorders is the polysomnogram.
Disruptions in sleep can be caused by a variety of issues, from teeth grinding (bruxism) to night terrors. When a person suffers from difficulty in sleeping with no obvious cause, it is referred to as insomnia. In addition, sleep disorders may also cause sufferers to sleep excessively, a condition known as hypersomnia. Management of sleep disturbances that are secondary to mental, medical, or substance abuse disorders should focus on the underlying conditions.
Sleeping well is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, even minimal sleep loss can take a toll on your mood, energy, efficiency, and ability to handle stress. Ignoring sleep problems and disorders can lead to poor health, accidents, impaired job performance, and relationship stress. If you want to feel your best, stay healthy, and perform up to your potential, sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.
Your Sleep Study
Your accommodation at Sleep & Research Centers includes a professionally decorated, luxurious, private bedroom. Each bedroom has a custom mattress and flat screen television. While asleep, trained technicians monitor your heart, breathing and oxygen levels.
Following your study, your referring physician may recommend Dr. Eilbert to review the results with you and make treatment recommendations. Most patients will experience life changing improvements almost immediately once their sleep disorder is treated.
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
- Night Terrors
- Mandibular Devices
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
- Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level)
- Non-Invasive Ventilation