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Sleep Apnea Therapy

Are You Constantly Fatigued?

Do you go to bed at a reasonable hour, sleep through the night, but still wake up exhausted? This can be extremely frustrating, and make life very difficult. Sleep is an essential part of your mental and physical health, and anything that affects it can have serious consequences. What could be causing your sleep problems? It may be sleep apnea, a condition suffered by nearly 20 million Americans each night. What is it, what causes it, and how can you get sleep apnea therapy in Nashville? You can get all of these questions answered right here.


What Is Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing becomes completely blocked during the night. This can happen many times over the course of the evening, and does not always wake a person up. This obstruction can be caused in two ways. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. It occurs when the soft tissue in a patient’s mouth and throat relaxes so much during sleep that it cuts off their air.

The other is central sleep apnea, or CSA. This is neurologically based, meaning that a person’s breathing is cut off because their brain stops sending the correct signals to the body.

People can suffer from one kind of sleep apnea, or a combination of both. Some common symptoms are:

  • Constant fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up suddenly gasping, or out of breath
  • Loud snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Chest pain at night
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure

The continual loss of oxygen is very stressful on the body, and over time, these symptoms can lead to serious consequences, as people with sleep apnea have a significantly higher risk of suffering heart attacks and strokes


What Causes Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea can affect many different kinds of people, independent of age. Certain risk factors are common, however:

  • Excess weight
  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Being male
  • Being older
  • Family history
  • Use of alcohol or medication
  • Smoking
  • Nasal congestion

What Can You Do About It?

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The first step to addressing sleep apnea is to get it properly diagnosed. As many as 80% of people with sleep apnea have no clue that they have it. You can start the process by taking our quiz and filling out our sleepiness questionnaire. This will give Dr. Patel enough information to know if you should complete a sleep study. He can refer you to a local, trusted sleep doctor in the area who can diagnose your sleep apnea. Afterward, Dr. Patel can effectively treat it, as he has been specially trained in sleep apnea orthotics, which is a non-invasive, non-surgical method that can dramatically increase the quality of your sleep and improve your overall health.

You don’t have to suffer through constant exhaustion and risk your health because you can’t sleep. Dr. Patel can help you get the rest you need, so please don’t hesitate to call him today.