Sleep Apnea

Monday, September 26, 2011

It is estimated that more than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea.

If you are having trouble getting a good nights sleep, you may be suffering from this sleep disorder. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about sleep apnea in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People with sleep apnea stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds at a time while they are sleeping. This can happen hundreds of times every night. If you have sleep apnea, you may wake up from deep sleep. Sleep apnea keeps you from getting enough rest and can cause other health problems.

The person you sleep with may notice your sleep apnea first. You or that person may notice heavy snoring or long pauses in your breathing while youre asleep. You may not remember waking up during the night, but you might feel sleepy during the day. You might fall asleep at work or while you are driving or talking.

Your risk of heart disease and stroke is higher if serious sleep apnea is not treated. If you have sleep apnea, its very important to get treatment.

If you think you might have sleep apnea, talk with your doctor. He or she might want you to go to a sleep center for testing.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.