Sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing periodically while you are asleep. This can cause you to wake up frequently throughout the night even when you don't remember doing so. Sleep apnea can cause fatigue, but it can also lead to more serious conditions, such as high blood pressure and a higher risk of stroke or heart attacks.
The recommendation for adults is seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Many adults, especially women, do not get the minimum amount. If you often feel fatigued during the day, you may not be getting enough sleep or are experiencing poor sleep quality.
Sleep apnea is a condition that is often associated with men, but women can have it as well. In men, snoring is one of the main symptoms, but women's symptoms can differ significantly. Insomnia, fatigue, a dry mouth on waking up in the morning, headaches, poor concentration and depression can all be symptoms of sleep apnea.
Snoring or even gasping and choking while sleeping are common ways that sleep apnea is diagnosed in men. However, you can have sleep apnea without these symptoms, and women in particular may have sleep apnea even though they don't snore.
Sleep issues can indicate a number of different conditions, and sleep apnea is only one of them. The only way to diagnose sleep apnea is with a sleep test. At HerKare, we can perform a home sleep test that will tell us whether you are suffering from sleep apnea.
If we determine after a home sleep test that you have sleep apnea, we will then talk to you about the options for sleep apnea management. Some people are able to control their sleep apnea through lifestyle changes. This includes weight loss, exercise and eating healthily. However, this is not sufficient in some cases, as people who have sleep apnea may be thin and have generally healthy habits. You may need a CPAP device to treat your sleep apnea. The mask that is worn while you sleep helps keep your airways clear. Your CPAP device will transmit information to us while you sleep which will help with making any needed adjustments. It may take a few adjustments before you are sleeping comfortably with the CPAP device.