Sleep Apnea FAQs

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1. Will I Know I Have Sleep Apnea?

Not always. There are some people who have sleep apnea and don’t know. Unless someone you sleep with or someone in the home notices that you have trouble breathing at night, then you might never know you have the condition unless a doctor notices signs.

2. Do I Have To Be Overweight?

Sleep apnea isn’t a condition for those who are overweight. Although being obese doesn’t help, it’s not the only factor to consider. There could be other health issues that affect breathing while sleeping.

3. Why Is It So Hard To Diagnose?

The symptoms of sleep apnea are so broad, such as fatigue during the day or mood swings, that most doctors associate sleep apnea to other conditions, like depression.

4. Can Sleep Apnea Lead To Other Conditions?

Yes. It can lead to high blood pressure, issues with the heart and respiratory problems.

5. Can Something Be Done?

There are ways to help treat sleep apnea. A machine, called a CPAP, can be worn at night to help keep the airway open. There are also mouth guards that can be worn at night that will help in keeping the mouth open so that the airway is open as well.

6. How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

The doctor will likely order a sleep study. Wires will be run to the head and chest, and your vital signs are monitored. Someone will watch to see if the oxygen levels drop while sleeping or if you stop breathing.

7. Can I Live A Normal Life?

You can live a normal life with sleep apnea. You will have to take the proper precautions, but there is no reason why you can’t sleep in the same bed with a spouse, go on a vacation and sleep in another bed or sleep in any other setting.

8. What Is Sleep Apnea?

This is a condition where you wake up at times during the night because you have trouble breathing. It is dangerous because you could stop breathing long enough to develop significant health problems or even pass out.

9. Will Exercise Help?

Staying in shape can help reduce the risk of sleep apnea. You should also stop or decrease the amount you smoke or drink. Losing about 10% of the body weight can often take a good bit of the pressure off the chest, making it easier to breathe at night.

10. Does It Hurt?

Sleep apnea in itself doesn’t hurt, but you may experience some discomfort from not being able to breathe and waking up to catch your breath.

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