NOTE: As of May 23, 2023, Dr. Baker's clinic is no longer working from our old offices at 501 E. King Street in Orlando. We are now at 557 North Wymore Road, Suite 202, Maitland FL 32751. Click here for a map.
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Listed below are some of the symptoms and factors that the doctors use to determine if a person has sleep apnea. If you have one or more of these, you should discuss with your physician and consider making an appointment for sleep medicine evaluation.
Treatment can not only improve your quality of life, it could also save your life, or those of others (such as when drowsy drivers cause serious accidents).
Warning symptoms of sleep apnea
- Heavy snoring
- Noticing, or being told by a sleep partner, that you stop breathing during the night
- Waking up with a choking, gasping feeling
- Waking up feeling as if you haven't slept
- Excessive daytime sleepiness or exhaustion
- High score on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale
- Nodding off or falling asleep at inappropriate times, such as on the job or while driving
- Diminished quality of life brought on by chronic sleep deprivation
- Family history of sleep apnea
Other factors and symptoms often seen in sleep apnea patients
- Being overweight. The extra weight makes it harder for your body to get a good night's sleep.
- Having a large neck, 17" or more in men, 16" or more in women.
- High blood pressure. This is prevalent in persons with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
- Decreased memory
- Smoking (causes swelling of upper airway)
- Using alcohol or sedative drugs
- Large tonsils and adenoids. This is the main cause of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in children.
- Receding chin
Sleep apnea risks
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Brain attack (stroke)
- Sleep-deprivation accidents on the job or roads
- Decreased quality of life
- Causing sleep problems for your partner (due to loudness of snoring)
Sleep apnea diagnosis
Treatments for sleep apnea
Sleep apnea can also be improved by making lifestyle improvements such as weight loss, exercise, increased hours of sleep, and avoiding alcohol, sedatives and smoking.
In a few cases, surgery may be necessary.
Sleep specialists such as Dr. Baker will work closely with you. They will want to ensure the most appropriate and effective treatment for your particular medical situation.