Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is one of the leading sleep disorders in America and affects over 18 million adults, according to the National Sleep Foundation. There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central sleep apnea. The most common is obstructive sleep apnea. Airways become obstructed and cause breathing patterns to fluctuate during sleep. It is important to note the leading symptoms of sleep apnea to properly treat this condition.
- Chronic snoring during sleep can be a result of obstructed airways.
- Sleepiness can negatively affect patients throughout the day.
- Headaches may arise in the morning due to disrupted breathing at night.
- Memory loss and difficulty concentrating may occur throughout the day.
- Waking up choking or gasping for air as one sleeps.
- Insomnia can also stem from this condition.
- Mood swings or general personality changes due to a lack of sleep.
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning.
- Difficulty maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
- Falling asleep during the day at any given time.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that must be treated. If left untreated, this condition can lead to various health risks and even death. Health risks of sleep apnea include fatigue, heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, liver problems, stroke and depression. It is important to thoroughly diagnose and treat this condition with the help of a board-certified sleep doctor.
At Sleep MD, we offer the leading treatment and patient care led by New York’s top sleep doctor, Dr. Mayank Shukla. During the initial consultation, Dr. Shukla will perform a short physical exam, evaluate the patient’s medical history, assess the symptoms, and customize a treatment plan to target the condition. Dr. Shukla may also recommend a sleep test to further evaluate the patient’s symptoms. We perform sleep tests at home or in the office. Sleep studies allow our team of sleep specialists to evaluate the symptoms as the patient sleeps. Through a comprehensive consultation and sleep test, Dr. Shukla will diagnose and treat the condition.
For more on targeting your symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shukla at one of our New York offices today.