Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a relatively serious sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop and start periodically during sleep. Loud snoring is a prominent sign of this condition along with excessive daytime sleepiness, abrupt awakenings during sleep, morning headache, night time sweating, dryness of mouth and decreased libido.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose the condition, a general physician may recommend a sleep specialist who will perform special sleep tests such as polysomnography or home sleep apnea testing for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA TREATED?
Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills could be advised. Nasal sprays to relieve congestions or sinus might be prescribed. In some cases surgery to remove any blocks such as extra tissue in the nose and throat could be performed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Home sleep apnea testing is also a method of diagnosis for such a condition.