Sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing while you sleep. In addition to causing fatigue, it can be dangerous because it disrupts the flow of blood to the heart and brain.
Many people may think of the primary symptoms of sleep apnea as snoring or gasping for breath while sleeping, but this is more typical of male sufferers. Women with sleep apnea may have different and less obvious symptoms that include fatigue, headaches, depression, insomnia, a dry mouth in the morning and problems with concentration. Women are more likely to develop sleep apnea during or after menopause or while pregnant. Some health screenings for women may overlook or misdiagnose sleep apnea. A sleep study is usually necessary.
Some lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or stopping smoking, may be sufficient to treat sleep apnea. However, in other cases, a CPAP device may be necessary to regulate breathing. This must be fitted and calibrated on an individual basis. Data from the CPAP will be transmitted to HerKare to help monitor your treatment and make any necessary adjustments.
Treatment for sleep apnea can reduce fatigue and improve other symptoms, including depression, irritability and weight gain. It can also reduce the likelihood of such serious conditions as high blood pressure and heart disease.
When you are initially fitted for the CPAP, you may have to go through a process of trial and error in getting it adjusted for comfort and effectiveness. Your physician will work with you to achieve this.
Fatigue, insomnia and other sleep disorders can be symptoms of a number of conditions and can be detrimental to your health on their own. If you have sleep apnea symptoms or find your sleep disrupted in any other way, make an online appointment today at HerKare for an evaluation of your sleep habits and your overall health.