About 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems. At Snow Sleep Center, we treat patients with disorders including insomnia, narcolepsy and sleep apnea.
One of the disorders we see most often sleep apnea, is a dangerous condition characterized by complete or partial airway obstruction during sleep. Symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, trouble concentrating, memory or learning problems and general moodiness, irritability or depression.
Many people also don’t realize that they’re in greater danger of developing sleep apnea if they already suffer from other common diseases such as Type 2 diabetes or hypertension.
Once diagnosed, the recommended treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which provides a steady stream of air through a mask to gently keep your airway open throughout the night, making it easier to breathe. Left untreated, sleep apnea may have a serious impact on overall health, even increasing risk of death.
While sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, there are more than 70 other known sleep disorders. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine's sleepeducation.org is a great online resource for general sleep-related information. For other questions or to schedule a consultation, please call us at (205) 349-4043.