If you are struggling with daytime fatigue despite sleeping throughout the night, it may not be caused by a bad mattress. Instead, you could not be getting the rest you need because of an underlying sleep disorder. It is estimated as much as 70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from a sleep condition. One of the most common is obstructive sleep apnea, which affects roughly 22 million Americans; however, it is believed 80% of those who have it are not diagnosed. It causes you to stop breathing frequently throughout the night, but why? If you have sleep apnea in Glastonbury, finding the root cause of the problem is key to providing you with an effective treatment.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from snoring or chronic fatigue in Glastonbury, you may have sleep apnea. The condition causes a diversity of symptoms that can have potentially deadly complications. Not to mention, your quality of life will significantly decline if you do not treat it.
To breathe better, it is important to determine which type of sleep apnea you have, which are caused by separate issues. There are 3 types of the condition:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is the most common form of the condition that causes frequent pauses in breathing resulting from the muscles and soft tissues in the back of your mouth and throat collapsing to block the airway.
- Central Sleep Apnea: This is caused by improper signals sent from the brain to the muscles that control your breathing. It is often connected to an underlying medical condition, like a stroke.
- Complex Sleep Apnea: This is a combination of the two previous types of sleep apnea.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
Although sleep apnea can occur in anyone, there are certain risk factors that can increase your likeliness for developing it, such as:
- Excessive weight
- Large neck circumference
- Narrowed airway
- Enlarged tonsils
- Enlarged adenoids
- Dental conditions, like an overbite
- Tumor or growth in the airway
- Deviated septum
- Birth defects, like an enlarged tongue
- Being male
- Being older
- Family history
- Use of sedatives, alcohol, or tranquilizers
- Nasal congestion
- Underlying medical condition
Breathe Easier Today!
If you have signs of sleep apnea or suffer from chronic snoring in Glastonbury, do not ignore the symptoms. You can protect your health and improve your quality of life with an effective treatment plan. Do not wait until it is too late. Breather easier today!
About Dr. Keith Hollinger
Dr. Keith Hollinger specializes in orofacial pain and sleep medicine. He is supported by over 25 years of experience to improve the lives of his patients’ through personalized treatments. He is specially trained in sleep medicine, including sleep apnea therapy. As an active member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, you can rest assured you are in good hands with Dr. Hollinger. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for sleep apnea treatment.