Snoring and Sleep Apnea
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, habitual snoring occurs in about 40% of men and 24% of women. This issue is common but, in some cases, can be the sign of a more complex medical condition. Snoring is one of the most obvious and prevalent symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition which can seriously affect one’s quality of nighttime sleep. Find out more about sleep apnea and what it means for you with your ear, nose, and throat doctor, Dr. Richard Nass with office locations in Manhattan, New York, NY, and East Hampton, NY.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea causes patients to temporarily stop breathing while asleep. Obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs due to an obstruction of the airway which causes it to collapse. OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs due to the signals from the brain which tell the lungs to breathe become disrupted and often happens after other issues like stroke or heart failure.
Do I have sleep apnea?
The most obvious sign of sleep apnea is snoring, but there are some other tell-tale signs of this condition. Some common issues caused by sleep apnea include:
- awakening abruptly, often accompanied by gasping for or shortness of breath
- chest pain at night
- morning headaches
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- apneas, or short pauses in breathing while asleep
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
There is no one objective test to determine if you have sleep apnea. Those who suspect they suffer from sleep apnea undergo a sleep test, which takes place in a laboratory setting and allows technicians to observe the body’s functions while sleeping. The test can accurately observe the body’s reactions to sleep and determine if you suffer from this condition.
Treating Sleep Apnea in Manhattan and East Hampton
Treating sleep apnea depends on the patient, the severity of their condition, and their lifestyle. A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is commonly used to treat sleep apnea. This machine blows a gentle stream of air into the airway to keep it open. However, other individuals may benefit from a dental appliance to treat OSA. Some mild cases may benefit from simple lifestyle changes like changing sleeping position or losing weight. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed.
For more information on sleep apnea or its treatments, please contact Dr. Nass with office locations in Manhattan, New York, NY, and East Hampton, NY. Call (212) 734-4515 to schedule your appointment in Manhattan or (631) 324-4900 to schedule your appointment in East Hampton.