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A Primer on the Effects and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea

  1. 1. A Primer on the Effects and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
  2. 2.  Dr. Frank Brettschneider is a triple board certified otolaryngologist, allergist, and orofacial surgeon who has earned more than 20 years of medical experience.  At his private practice in Port Huron, Michigan, Dr. Frank Brettschneider provides treatment for a range of issues, including sleep apnea.
  3. 3.  Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes loud snoring, gasping, and breathing interruptions during sleep.  A serious condition, untreated sleep apnea can lead to a number of health problems and in extreme cases can even be fatal.  Although it most frequently affects adults over 40, sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age.  However, several physical characteristics can increase a person's risk for developing the condition, such as having a large neck, sinus problems, or a family history of the disorder, as well as being overweight.
  4. 4.  Often, individuals with sleep apnea are unaware they have the disorder until a family member notices loud snoring and breathing interruptions during sleep.  However, sleep apnea can also cause very noticeable daytime symptoms, such as headaches, forgetfulness, and fatigue.  The condition is usually treated with relative ease through lifestyle changes, dental devices, or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment, which involves wearing a mask over the nose and mouth during sleep.

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