What Happens During A Sleep Apnea Episode

Many people suffer from sleep apnea with more than 80% of those who have it going undiagnosed.  They get up every morning to begin their day only to fight daytime sleepiness, fatigue and frustration.  These symptoms can be overwhelming at times lead to depression and other physical problems.  If this sounds like you, then you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

This is what happens during a sleep apnea episode…as airflow slows or stops, the oxygen level in your body drops.  Your brain responds to this drop in oxygen by briefly disturbing your sleep enough to help you kick start your breathing again.  A person may even choke or gasp for air as the body tries to kick-start itself again.  The problem with this is your body never gets into REM Sleep which is the level of sleep you need for your body to be at its peak.

Most of the time those with obstructive sleep apnea never even remember these awakenings while those with central sleep apnea may be conscious of them.
These constant episodes through the night have a dramatic effect on your health not to mention on the way you feel the next day.

If you feel you might have sleep apnea, the first thing you must do is get a sleep study done and get a diagnosis from a certified sleep doctor.
If you need help in taking the next step to getting a restful and restorative nights sleep, call our office today to schedule and appointment with Dr. Parmar at 443-535-6989…you will be glad you did.