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Bryan Center for Sleep Medicine

2300 S. 16th St.
Lincoln NE 68502

402-481-9646

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is when a person cannot sleep and breathe properly at the same time

Could You Have Sleep Apnea?

You might if you feel tired and it's hard to stay awake, your bed partner notices you snoring or gasping for air, you have high blood pressure

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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
    Snoring is a sign that the airway is not fully open, and you may not be getting enough oxygen while you sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times such as at work or driving
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Morning headaches

Health Risks

Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

If you snore in any position, (side, back or stomach) then you need to see your physician about a referral to a sleep specialist.

The victim of sleep apnea is usually unaware of the problem, but the pauses in breathing are very alarming to the bed partner. A pattern of snoring, interrupted by silence, then gasps are indications that breathing has stopped and then started again.In severe cases, this can occur hundreds of times a night.

Children can also have sleep apnea. Snoring is not normal in a child and needs to be reported to your doctor. Enlarged tonsils or obesity can contribute to sleep apnea in children.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis

Doctors diagnose sleep apnea based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and sleep study results. You may be asked to take a sleep study to determine if you are experiencing sleep apnea. Sleep studies can be done at the Bryan Sleep Center or through a Home Sleep Test.

There are different kinds of sleep studies. If your doctor thinks you have sleep apnea, he or she may recommend a polysomnogram (poly-SOM-no-gram; also called a PSG) or a home-based portable monitor.


Treatment

Sleep apnea is medically treatable. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your sleep specialist will determine your medical treatment plan.

If you think you're at risk of sleep apnea, take our free online sleep test or schedule a sleep consultation today.

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