Imagine having a single night of restless sleep. You tear yourself out of bed the next day, fatigued and irritable, only to struggle to focus at work. Once home, your lack of energy prevents you from pursuing hobbies until, finally, you fall back into bed, mentally chalking up the day as a loss. Now imagine this happening every single day. This is the reality for those suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by the repeated blocking of airways during sleep. Those who suffer from this condition rarely know they have it, but they nonetheless feel the effects of multiple nights spent gasping for air. If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea or have been informed that you suffer from disrupted sleep, schedule a consultation for sleep apnea treatment in Wesley Chapel with Ravikanth Vydyula, M.D., a board-certified physician who specializes in sleep disorders.
You are probably wondering why your body is not allowing itself to get the rest it so obviously needs. That answer will depend on what kind of sleep apnea you have. There are three types: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat relax and close your airways. Far less common is central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t signal your muscles to breathe. Complex sleep apnea is when a person, unfortunately, has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
All types of sleep apnea result in the same outcome, the body can’t breathe and the brain briefly stirs the sleeper to reopen airways, resulting in a momentary gasp or snort. These moments are so brief that sufferers often don’t notice that they’ve been awakened. This can repeat hundreds of times over the course of a night, affect needed REM sleep, and result in debilitating exhaustion the next day. But if a person can’t tell when they’re waking up in the middle of the night, what signs can they look out for?
In addition to feeling tired the next day, sufferers commonly experience:
Of course, many of these symptoms occur during sleep, and it’s often not until a spouse or roommate informs them that they are choking in their sleep that those with sleep apnea seek diagnosis and treatment.
As innocuous as sleep apnea may seem, it is actually a serious condition that can lead to severe complications if left untreated. To begin, sleep apnea can increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, liver issues, and hypertension. Furthermore, night after night of restless sleep can negatively impact a person’s life, straining relationships and causing poor performance in school and work. Imagine if you had to sleep next to someone whose snoring is so severe that they violently gasp for breath in the middle of the night. The physical and mental toll that sleep apnea can have on a person is immense, which is why it’s so important for you to seek treatment if you believe you suffer from this disorder.
As a board-certified pulmonologist, Dr. Vydyula specializes in treating disorders of the respiratory system. Once your breathing is monitored overnight, Dr. Vydyula can accurately diagnose your condition. From there, he will develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. Normally, this involves the use of an airway pressure device, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, to keep your airways open while you sleep. In some cases, lifestyle changes like diet and exercise are enough to help with sleep apnea. However, Dr. Vydyula can help you explore surgical options if all other forms of treatment fail. For a pulmonologist that will explore any and all options to give you a good night’s sleep, schedule an appointment for sleep apnea treatment in Land O’ Lakes with Dr. Vydyula.
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