Do you snore, or have a loved one who does?  For some, snoring can be a minor issue; however, it can also be a sign of a more serious condition called sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes patients to repeatedly stop breathing during sleep, as their airway becomes obstructed. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea often breathe or snore loudly as they are repeatedly denied a necessary amount of oxygen, which then awakens them—causing a decrease in the quality of their sleep, and that of their partner.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes of no breathing or loud breathing
  • Depression
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Headaches
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Weight gain

Sleep apnea is often hard to identify; however, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, let Dr. Schultz know so that she can talk to you about possible treatment options.