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Jul 25, 2008

How To Determine If You Have Sleep Apnea

How To Determine If You Have Sleep Apnea
You could be suffering from sleep apnea and not even know it - How To Determine If You Have Sleep Apneasince it happens only when you're sleep. And if you live alone, it is even harder to detect..

The symptoms of sleep apnea

While there may be no visible symptoms of sleep apnea, feeling tired an worn out all day and falling asleep during the day are good indicators. This is because sleep apnea iliterally robs you of sleep as it can cause you to stop breathing -- as many as 50 or a 100 times during the night. And these interruptions take their toll.

Diagnosing sleep apnea

If you do feel tired and fatigued all day, you absolutely should see a doctor. He or she will do a physical exam and take a medical history. This history typically ncludes asking you and your family questions about how you sleep and how you function during the day. You doctor will most likely check your mouth, nose, and throat for extra or large tissues. such as your tonsils, uvula, and soft palate.

Your doctor may also order a sleep test. This test is often done in a sleep center or sleep laboratory, which may be part of a hospital. You will probably stay overnight., although sleep studies can sometimes done in the home. The most common sleep recording used to find out if you have sleep apnea is called a polysomnogram or PSG.

This PSG records:

Brain activity
Eye movement
Muscle activity
Breathing and heart rate
How much air moves in and out of your lungs while you are sleeping
The percentage of oxygen in your blood

Once this test has been completed, you doctor will review the results. If it is clear that you do have sleep apnea, your doctor will work with you and your family to develop a treatment plan.

And you'll soon be on your way to a good night's sleep and better days.

If you'd like more information about sleep apnea, including infomration about its treatment, be sure to go to my website,http://naturalsleepapneacures.com/ Douglas Hanna is a retired advertising and marketing executive who lives in Colorado. He is a successful webmaster and the author of more than 180 articles on a variety of subjects, with a special emphasis on those related to health issues.

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