Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleepy during the day? We can help you get a good night’s rest.
Not getting a good night’s sleep is common for many people. If you have a tendency to snore, doze off when you are reading, watching TV, sitting inactive, driving, or feel tired throughout the day you may have a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing repeatedly while they are sleeping.
This illustrates the normal sleeping pattern.
The muscles of the upper airway relax when you fall asleep. If you sleep on your back, gravity can cause the tongue to fall back. This narrows the airway and can reduce the amount of air getting into the lungs. A narrowed airway causes snoring by making tissue in the back of the throat vibrate. An apnea is when the airway is completely closed, and breathing temporarily stops.
The airway collapses repeatedly throughout the night resulting in a lack of oxygen; You wake up so that you can start to breathe again. The disruption to your sleep pattern causes you to be tired and/or sleepy during the day.