What Is Sleep Apnea?
Do you ever wake up with a headache, or just feel like you didn’t get any sleep? Has your spouse moved to the spare bedroom because he/she is exhausted from listening to you snore, gasp, and choke every night?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If so, you might have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which affects more than 18 million American adults. If this is the case, how can you tell if you have sleep apnea? The only real way is to participate in a sleep study. To determine if you have sleep apnea or some other sleep disorder, contact Dr. Tregaskes for more information.
The definition of an apneic event is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or longer. Below is how the severity of sleep apnea is diagnosed. This scale is based on how many times per hour an apneic event occurs.
- Mild apnea is scored at 5-14.
- Moderate apnea is scored at 15-29.
- Severe apnea is scored at 30 and above.
Even considering this scoring, is three or four really normal? What would you do if you had a pet sleeping with you and that pet woke you up four times per hour?
If you would like to know if you snore, or how much, there is a great free app called Snore Lab. Just download it onto your phone, fill out the specifics, then turn it on and place your phone on your night stand. The next morning you will have a summary of what your night’s snoring was like.