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Do you snore? Do you feel tired or sleepy during the day? Are you overweight or obese with a large neck? Do you have high blood pressure? These are some of the very simple screening questions in this very simple screening test for sleep apnea.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea literally means pauses in you breathing. It is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea usually is a chronic medical condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.
As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Use this simple, easy to use, and quick screening test called STOP BANG to know your risk of sleep apnea. All you need is a tape to measure your neck, and knowledge of your basic medical history such as whether you take a blood pressure medicine (If you are not sure, you probably should not be reading this)
What are the risks of untreated sleep apnea?
Increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
Increase the risk of, or worsen, heart failure
Make arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs), or irregular heartbeats, more likely
Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that requires long-term management. Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea in many people.
If you think you have sleep apnea and need help, W8MD Medical Weight Loss And Sleep Centers can not only help diagnose the problem with board certified physicians, but also can help potentially cure it in many situations with weight loss. We offer both home sleep studies and in the sleep lab polysomnographic, and CPAP titration studies. We have offices in many states in the United States and can help you We offer telemedicine and in person physician consultations with our board certified sleep and weight loss physicians. Call 1(800)W8MD-007 to learn more or visit http://www.w8md.com