Up to 8% of Americans have sleep apnea. This sleep disorder can impact your daily life and have long-term health consequences. If you snore or gasp during sleep, these are key indicators of this disorder. Our medical team at Buford Sleep has effective treatment options available for those with this condition, helping improve patients’ overall health and quality of life.

Sleep apnea is a disruption of breathing while sleeping. There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. Both cause an interruption of breathing, but each in a different manner. Central sleep apnea is less common and more dangerous. This involves a dysfunction in the nervous system, resulting in lapses in breathing while sleeping. Central sleep apnea requires medication treatment and can be deadly if left untreated.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form, resulting from a physical blockage of the airway. Soft tissue in the mouth and throat can relax during sleep, covering the opening to the airway. When this occurs, little to no air can pass into the lungs. The body responds by gasping for air, disrupting sleep every time this occurs. Those with obstructive sleep apnea may have 30-100 episodes a night, interrupting the sleep and breathing pattern a dozen times or more per hour.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

How do you know if you have sleep apnea? To be accurately diagnosed, a sleep study must be performed that measures your breathing during sleep. However, there are many symptoms that can alert those with this disorder to their condition. Some of the most common symptoms include:

The symptoms of sleep apnea can impact your daily life, but the dangers of sleep apnea are in the long-term health risks. Sleep apnea is linked to a higher risk of stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

If you live in Atlanta, Cumming, Flowery Branch, Suwanee or the surrounding areas and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or have symptoms of this sleep disorder, treatment can help protect your health and reduce your symptoms. Buford Sleep offers non-invasive treatment options to help you sleep and breathe better for improved health and overall wellness. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.