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Understanding Sleep Apnea

When it comes to diseases and health conditions related to the lungs, pulmonologists play a crucial role in diagnosing and treating various respiratory issues, including sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by interrupted breathing during sleep, often accompanied by loud snoring and brief episodes of stopped breathing.

Recognizing the symptoms of sleep apnea is essential for early detection and treatment. If you experience any of the following signs, you may be at risk for sleep apnea:

  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Awakening with a dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Trouble paying attention while awake
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

Sleep apnea can affect individuals of all ages, including children, and it’s a serious medical condition that requires attention. If left untreated, it can lead to various complications, such as:

  • High blood pressure or heart problems
  • Liver issues
  • Type 2 Diabetes and other metabolic disorders

At our pulmonology office, we specialize in diagnosing and managing sleep apnea. If you have any questions, concerns, or suspect you may have sleep apnea, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our specialists. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can significantly improve your quality of life and overall health.