Your partner is often the first to notice one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, snoring. Snoring itself may not necessarily mean you are suffering from the condition, but based on certain signs there may be cause for concern. More so if you notice sleep apnea's negative effects on your daily life and especially if you fall within the risk categories. While the below-mentioned symptoms and risk factors can serve as a guide, the best way to determine if you are suffering from sleep apnea, and to treat the condition, you can turn to your Valdosta, GA, ENT. For more information turn to Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne of ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia.
What your Valdosta, GA, ENT Looks For
Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by the way that your upper airway can restrict airflow into your lungs as you struggle to sleep. When it becomes partially obstructed it manifests as snoring, but it's when it is fully obstructed there is a major problem. At this point, you are gasping and fighting to breathe, so your body has to force itself awake to do so. This process repeats itself throughout the night, often robbing you of precious sleep. Your partner may be able to recognize these signs more easily than you can, because even though your body is forced awake you may not remember these episodes in the morning.
It's during the day that the effects of lack of sleep are much more noticeable. The constant stoppages during the night don't allow you to ever fully get any 'good' sleep. This can affect every aspect of your waking life, from your mood to memory, and your ability to perform even simple tasks. Lack of sleep has also been associated with problems related to immunity and health.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
There are a variety of steps your doctor can take to help you manage sleep apnea symptoms. Could be as simple as recommending changes to sleeping habits for mild cases, to prescribed mouthguards and medication. A CPAP machine can be the solution for more serious conditions, it is a mask that is connected to a machine that can keep the airway clear at night through the use of pressurized air.
Sleep is very important, so if your goal is to get a good night's sleep you can schedule a consultation with your Valdosta, GA, ENTs at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia. You can reach Dr. Allen, Dr. Phillips, and Dr. Kanne, by dialing (229) 244-2562.