Sleep Apnea (cont.)
Siamak N. Nabili, MD, MPH
Dr. Nabili received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), majoring in chemistry and biochemistry. He then completed his graduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His graduate training included a specialized fellowship in public health where his research focused on environmental health and health-care delivery and management.
In this Article
- Sleep apnea facts
- What is sleep apnea?
- What are the types of sleep apnea?
- What is central sleep apnea and what causes it?
- What is obstructive sleep apnea and what causes it?
- How common is obstructive sleep apnea?
- What are obstructive sleep apnea symptoms?
- What are some of the complications of sleep apnea?
- How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed and evaluated?
- What are the nonsurgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?
- What are the surgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea?
- Why is it important to treat obstructive sleep apnea?
- Find a local Sleep Specialist in your town
What are obstructive sleep apnea symptoms?
Obstructive sleep apnea has many well-studied consequences. First, as one would expect, it disrupts sleep. Patients with disrupted sleep cannot concentrate, think, or remember as well during the day. This has been shown to cause more accidents in the work place and while driving. Thus, people with obstructive sleep apnea have a three-fold greater risk of a car accident than the general population.
Sleep apnea symptoms at night time include:
- Snoring, usually loud and bothersome to others
- Gasping for air, witnessed apneas, or choking sensation
- Restless sleep
Sleep apnea also can cause significant and sometimes serious daytime symptoms as a result of insufficient sleep at night, including:
- daytime sleepiness
- nonrestorative sleep (feeling as tired in the morning as before going to bed)
- frequent day time naps
- poor memory and attention
- mood and personality changes, such as depression and anxiety
- sexual dysfunction
It is important to note that the bed partner of individuals with sleep apnea may also suffer from poor nighttime sleep and can have some of the same symptoms.
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