Dr. Norman Reddick, D.M.D.

Sleep Apnea

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Breathe Better, Sleep Better

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which the body is trying to breathe but the airway is closed off, making it impossible to move air. If you suffer from sleep apnea, each time your airway is closed, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Because the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don’t remember and many think they are getting a good night sleep. However, the constant wake-sleep-wake-sleep cycle interrupts the deep sleep that refreshes the body, and sufferers are frequently drowsy during the day. Low oxygen levels and lack of continuous sleep takes a toll on heart health, can contribute to brain and memory dysfunction and may tip the patient into diabetes.

What are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?

  • Insomnia or difficulty breathing

  • Loud Snoring

  • Waking up at night short of breath

  • Headaches upon waking in the morning

  • Falling asleep unintentionally during the day

  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day