What is Sleep Apnea?
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of very low breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Similarly, each abnormally low breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study.”
Please visit our Symptoms page to see a broader list of symptoms associated with sleep apnea.
There are several types of sleep apnea. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea don’t hesitate to contact us at the El Paso Sleep Center.
Sleep Apnea Facts
Sleep apnea can result in several undesirable issues that affect all aspects of life. Among the direct health implications of untreated sleep apnea are high blood pressure, stroke and congestive heart failure. Just as important are other issues related to untreated sleep apnea such as depression, weight gain, job impairment and inability to concentrate, headaches, chronic fatigue and mood swings.
Is Sleep Apnea Treatable?
Yes! Sleep apnea is 100% treatable, but first you have to find out whether you have it! Don’t hesitate to get checked out if you suspect you suffer from sleep apnea.
- PAP therapy is the most common and most successful treatment for sleep apnea.
- A variety of PAP mask types and sizes are available.
- PAP therapy can help you live a longer, healthier life, with substantially better sleep.
- Learn how to use your PAP machine correctly and follow up with your doctor to make sure it is working.
Hundreds of El Paso patients of all ages and health conditions have been helped!
Millions of Americans suffer from a myriad of sleep disorders that can lead to diminished life quality and disease. The comfortable, natural atmosphere at the El Paso Sleep Center combines with state-of-the-art testing to provide the most accurate readings. That’s why we can precisely diagnose your condition and recommend proven treatments for guaranteed improvement in your sleep and in your quality of life.
Sleep apnea* impacts more than 20 million men and women in the U.S. 80% of high blood pressure patients who take more than one blood-pressure medication suffer from sleep apnea. 65% of stroke and congestive heart failure patients suffer from sleep apnea.
If you suffer from these symptoms/conditions, El Paso Sleep Center can help you!
- Feeling Tired or Sleepy During the Day
- Gasping or Choking During Sleep
- Grogginess and Morning Headaches
- Depression and Irritability
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Large Neck or Upper Airway Crowding
- Irregular Sleep Cycle
- Tingling/Crawling Sensations in Legs When Lying Down
- Limbs Jerk/Twitch During Sleep
- Frequent Nighttime Urination
- Disturbing Nightmares
- Post-Menopausal Sleep Problems
- Jet Lag
- Sleep Walking
- Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Can Lead To:
- High Blood Pressure
- Cardiac Problems: Abnormal heart rhythms, heart attack & heart failure
- Diabetes: Increased insulin resistance (even in non-diabetic patients)
- Increased traffic and workplace accidents
- Memory problems, inability to think correctly and depression
Since 1977, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Standards for Accreditation have been the gold standard by which the medical community and the public evaluate sleep medicine facilities. Achieving AASM accreditation demonstrates a sleep medicine provider’s commitment to high quality, patient-centered care through adherence to these standards.