What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition of the airway fully or partially collapsing while you sleep, preventing you from getting adequate oxygen. Oftentimes this collapse of the airway is accompanied by snoring and frequently waking up, or partially waking up during the night. Decreased oxygen levels in the blood and the resulting fragmented sleep can cause a myriad of health complications including increased risk for anxiety and depression, acid reflux, headaches, unusual fatigue, heart attack, stroke, and even death. Recent scientific studies suggest a significant percentage of adults suffer from some form of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is diagnosed by a Sleep Physician using a Sleep Study or Polysomnogram.
Are You at Risk?
- Do you snore loudly (louder than a person talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)?
- Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the day?
- Has your spouse or bed partner ever observed you stop or pause breathing in your sleep?
- Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?
- Are you overweight or obese?
- Are you over 50 years old?
- Is your neck circumference greater than 16 inches?
- Are you male?
If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions then you may have a sleep related breathing disorder. Please take a moment and fill out our Online Sleep Health Test. Although not diagnostic, this test can help you better understand your risk for a sleep breathing disorder. Test results are available to you immediately.