Millions of people in the United States struggle with insomnia, the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Occasional bouts of insomnia during times of stress or illness are normal. However, what happens when you are struggling with chronic insomnia that persists for weeks or months?
Lots of conditions can cause insomnia, but one of the most prevalent ones is also the sneakiest. Sleep apnea is a condition where normal breathing is disrupted while you sleep. It can be caused by a natural obstruction in the airway or by several other factors.
If you have a breathing issue in the middle of the night, the body’s natural reaction is to quickly shift to a position where normal breathing can resume. This often leads to a brief period of alertness, a few seconds in length, that you might not even be aware of.
Sleep apnea means these alert periods can happen dozens of times over the course of a night.
That means sleep apnea sufferers often feel tired and lethargic throughout the whole day!
A Sleep Apnea Tests at our Commack or Massapequa Offices Can Help You Get Rest Again
Sleep apnea can persist for years without the sufferer ever knowing about it. In many cases, the signs of a problem are discovered only when a sleeping partner points out the sufferer’s disturbed sleep, which usually includes snoring and lots of movement.
In many cases, sleep apnea treatment is non-invasive and can completely eliminate the symptoms of the disorder, although the underlying cause might or might not persist. Taking a sleep apnea test at home is the first step toward discovering and solving the problem.
Prognosis is good, with most sufferers returning to deep, restful sleep.
For more information on sleep apnea treatment, please contact our Commack or Massapequa office today to schedule your consultation.