Sleep Apnea

I think i have Sleep Apnea! How!!! who can help me?

Sleep apnea (alternatively sleep apnoea) is a common sleep disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. These episodes, called apneas, last 10 seconds or more and occur repeatedly throughout the night. People with sleep apnea partially awaken as they struggle to breathe, but in the morning they may not be aware of the disturbances in their sleep.

Symptoms – The hallmark symptom of the disorder is excessive daytime sleepiness. Additional symptoms of sleep apnea include restless sleep, loud snoring (with periods of silence followed by gasps), falling asleep during the day, morning headaches, trouble concentrating, irritability, forgetfulness, mood or behavior changes, anxiety, and depression.

Prognosis – Untreated, sleep apnea can be life threatening. Excessive daytime sleepiness can cause people to fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as while driving. Sleep apnea also appears to put individuals at risk for stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs, also known as “mini-strokes”), and is associated with coronary heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, and high blood pressure. Although there is no cure for sleep apnea, recent studies show that successful treatment can reduce the risk of heart and blood pressure problems.

9 Replies to “Sleep Apnea”

  1. my significant other has this problem too. he snores really loud and at times it sounded as if he was choking. he knows about it but yet does nothing to it. he is over weight. kinda suprised u have this problem..coz u look fit.

  2. treatment:

    1) drink a lot of water before going to bed.
    2) get your spouse to wake up everytime loud snoring is heard
    3) stick a pillow under your legs, with legs slighlty raised whilst sleeping.
    4) count sheep.

  3. My problem is not the snoring, its the “Excessive daytime sleepiness can cause people to fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as while driving” bit.

  4. Ya i notice tt long ago and have ask pearl to brign you to a doctor … cos i watch lots of the doc. on TV and this is a kind of life threatening illness.

  5. My dad has this problem, officially diagnosed. He stops breathing for an approximate of 99 times during a night (8 hours). Each time lasting about 7 seconds.

    He has just finished an observation whereby he slept over at the sleep clinic at Tan Tock Seng. Now at night he wears an oxygen mask. The mask can detect and monitor his breathing, and regulates the amount of oxygen to “stimulate” his lungs when the breathing slows/stops. He needs to wear this for a couple of months to see if there’s any improvement. If not, he has to go for an operation.

    We have heard of a few case studies from the doctor. The operation is a very uncomplicated one and he can go home on the same day.

    However, similar to what Bean commented, my Dad is seriously overweight. And since you are not I’m not sure is procedures and treatments will vary.

    If you need more information feel free to email me.

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