What is Sleep Apnea?

What is Sleep Apnea?


[MUSIC PLAYING] Probably the most well-known
one is what’s called excessive daytime sleepiness. There’s actually a
questionnaire that we administer to patients called the
Epworth Sleepiness Scale that has a patient gauge
how tired they are when they do certain activities– waiting at a traffic
light, sitting watching TV, how they feel
after having a large meal, something like that. So daytime sleepiness is a
sign that a person may not be breathing properly
when they sleep. Certain medical conditions
accompany sleep apnea– high blood pressure, diabetes. If you have high blood pressure,
diabetes, and you snore, you almost certainly
have sleep apnea. So those are things
that we look for when trying to see whether a person
might be a candidate for sleep apnea treatment.

Author: Kevin Mason

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