Snoring is a common condition. Snoring may be associated with the disease called sleep apnea. In obstructive sleep apnea, breathing is blocked for over 10 seconds.
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing frequently during the night while you sleep.
Signs of sleep apnea
- Snoring loud at night
- Waking up with sore or dry throat
- Difficulty sleeping at night/Insomnia
- Headaches in the mornings
- Lack of energy during the day
- Poor memory/attention span
For patients in Melbourne, Florida sleep apnea may be associated with low oxygen levels during sleep. The apneas may prevent patients going into deep restorative sleep.
Often patients come to their doctor with symptoms of headaches in the morning or tiredness during the day, even after sleeping 8 hours. Untreated sleep apnea may be associated with motor vehicle accidents, high blood pressure, or other medical conditions.
It is therefore important to identify sleep apnea. The doctor will conduct a careful physical exam.
The doctor may recommend a sleeping test called a polysomnogram. Based on the physical exam, history, and test results, the doctor will discuss the alternatives for treatment.