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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Do you wake up exhausted after a night of sleep?  If so, you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  This is a problem where you may be breath-holding during sleep.  Because the body and mind are relaxed during sleep, breathing becomes shallow.  If your upper airway is narrow or obstructed, you may stop breathing for minutes at a time.  This causes you to have poor sleep, despite resting for six to eight hours.  Other signs of sleep apnea include feeling tired in the afternoons and falling asleep very rapidly.  Long term effects of obstructive sleep apnea include serious heart and lung disease including pulmonary hypertension.

Oftentimes, sleep apnea patients snore very loudly.  This is because there is too much resistance in the upper airway.  Dr. Shen can evaluate you for sleep apnea.  There are medical and surgical treatments which may treat sleep apnea, leading to more restful sleep.