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Signs of Sleep Apnea

Having trouble sleeping? Do you snore, or feel tired all the time?

You might be struggling with obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing during sleep.

“Sleep apnea can have serious health consequences because it interferes with a good night’s sleep,” said Philip Mataverde, D.O., MPH, a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at Lake Regional Sleep Medicine. “Left untreated, sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack and stroke and can worsen high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, insomnia and mental health problems.”

Many people who have obstructive sleep apnea do not realize they are struggling to breathe at night. They, or their sleep partners, are more likely to notice the following signs of obstructive sleep apnea.

  • Loud or frequent snoring
  • Choking or gasping while sleeping
  • Waking up out of breath
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Having a headache in the morning
  • Daytime sleepiness or tiredness, trouble concentrating
  • Irritable mood

The best way to have obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed is to have a sleep study.

“The studies are painless, noninvasive procedures,” Dr. Mataverde said. “During the test, sensors are applied to the surface of the skin. The results can lead to proper diagnosis and ultimately, a better night’s rest and overall health.”

If you are concerned about your sleep, talk to your doctor or set up a sleep consult with Dr. Mataverde or his fellow sleep medicine provider, Lisa Boggs, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, at Lake Regional Sleep Medicine Clinic, located on the third floor of Lake Regional Hospital. Both Dr. Mataverde and Boggs also provide sleep medicine appointments in Eldon, Laurie, Richland and Versailles.

For more information or to make an appointment at any of the locations, except Versailles, call 573.302.2715. For Versailles, call 573.539.2600.