Tag: sleep apnea

If you snore, you could have obstructive sleep apnea, and you should mention this to your doctor. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but if your doctor recommends a sleep study, please take it seriously and follow through. Why? Because sleep apnea is not only unhealthy, it’s downright dangerous. In obstructive sleep apnea, breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. This reduces the oxygen that your brain receives and increases le
People with obstructive sleep apnea have periods during sleep where they stop breathing because their upper airways occlude when they try to breathe in; heavy snoring is often a symptom.  If you have both COPD and obstructive sleep apnea, your double set of conditions is called Overlap Syndrome. Studies have found that nearly 60% of people with Overlap Syndrome do not use their CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) masks as prescribed. And
People with COPD often experience nighttime awakenings due to coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. What they may not be aware of, however, is that they’re at increased risk for sleep apnea, a type of sleep interruption caused by periods when a sufferer stops breathing during sleep. These pauses (known as “apnea”) often last 10 seconds or longer. Apnea may or may not cause a sufferer to wake up enough to know that their sl