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 Sleep Apnea 

Do you have trouble sleeping?  Studies have shown that trouble sleeping can be caused by Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  OSA  is the most common type of Sleep Apnea. 
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the flow of air pauses or decreases during breathing while you are asleep because the airway has become narrowed, blocked, or floppy. 

Normally, the upper throat still remains open enough during sleep to let air pass by. However, some people have a narrower throat area. When the muscles in their upper throat relax during sleep, their breathing can stop for a period of time (often more than 10 seconds). This is called apnea.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain -- and the rest of the body -- may not get enough oxygen.  Blood that is not sufficiently oxygenated can cause stroke.


There are several tell-tale signs that you have sleep-disordered breathing. Some are seen at night and others during the day.

Symptoms you might see at night include:

bullet loud snoring
bullet waking up frequently during the night, gasping for breath
bullet increased sweating
bullet shortness of breath
bullet insomnia, or being unable to fall asleep or remain asleep throughout the night

Sleeping problems at night can cause problems the next day, including:

bullet excessive daytime sleepiness
bullet memory or attention problems
bullet headaches
bullet fatigue (low energy level)
bullet irritability
bullet depression or extreme sadness

If you exhibit any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor.  You might also want to visit a Sleep Medicine Specialist, a Health Psychologist, a Behavioral Sleep Medicine Specialist or a Certified Sleep Center.

Stroke Warning Signs

bullet Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body   
bullet Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding   
bullet Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes   
bullet Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination   
bullet Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

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