Posts for: March, 2017
At Pacific Sleep Program in Portland, OR, our physicians know that a good night's sleep is key to productivity and comfort. That's why Dr. Jennifer Kim, Dr. Radhika Breaden and Dr. Gregory Clark as well as our affiliated clinicians Debra White NP and Dori Macdonald PA strive to help their patients discover the root of their sleep issues and help them correct the problem. Many people who visit Pacific Sleep Program suffer from sleep apnea. We discuss the basics of this common sleep disorder here.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes pauses in breathing. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), in which the muscles at the back of the throat collapse during sleep, is the most common type of sleep apnea and is often linked to weight problems, hypertension, heart problems such as atrial fibrillation and other common problems such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and chronic headaches. Failure to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea can lead to problems with weight regulation, high blood pressure, diabetes and complications such as heart attacks and strokes.
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
Many patients who visit their Portland sleep specialist with concerns of sleep apnea are first alerted to their condition by their sleeping partner, who either notices the significant lapse in breathing or the loud snoring or gasping that follows the long pause. Otherwise, sleep apnea may go undetected unless the person visits their primary care physician for one or more of its common symptoms: excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches or dry mouth.
How is sleep apnea treated?
There are a variety of treatments offered at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland that can help lessen the effects of sleep apnea. For some patients, positional devices which ensure a patient sleeps on the sides rather than on the back, can help. Wearing a mask that creates gentle pressurized air (CPAP) during sleep can be very helpful for many people. Surgery to correct anatomical problems in the nose or throat may also correct the problem. Wearing oral appliances, or mouthpieces, during sleep can be effective as well.
If you think you might be dealing with sleep apnea, don't hesitate to contact Pacific Sleep Program in Portland, OR. Our physicians want to help you sleep better and live life to the fullest!
If you aren’t getting quality sleep find out whether a sleep disorder could be a cause
Sleep is such an important part of our daily lives and yet it seems that so many people aren’t getting the quality sleep they need to be fully functional in the morning. From falling asleep behind the wheel to having difficulty performing day-to-day tasks, there are many ways that bad sleep can affect you. Of course, some situations may warrant a visit to see one of our Portland and Astoria, OR, sleep doctors—Dr. Jennifer G. Kim Dr. Radhika Breaden or Dr. Gregory Clark.
You Always Feel Tired
You could have slept for eight hours or more but you still wake up feeling exhausted and unable to get out of bed. This isn’t normal. Someone who is getting the proper amount of sleep should wake up feeling refreshed. If you aren’t, then there is something that is keeping your body from entering the deep sleep you need.
You’re a Snoring Machine
Even if you don’t wake yourself up at night from your snoring episodes you may be a less-than-pleasant bedmate for your partner or other members of your family. If someone says that you snore loudly or that you stop breathing while you are asleep this could be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that our Portland and Astoria sleep specialists need to evaluate.
You Can’t Stop Snoozing
Do you find yourself feeling extremely tired throughout the day? Do you find yourself nodding off at work or—worse yet—behind the wheel? If you are getting a full night’s rest and still find yourself feeling tired throughout the day this is a sign that something is amiss.
You Just Can’t Fall Asleep
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you toss and turn in bed? Do you lie awake for hours on end before finally drifting off? If this problem has been happening for at least a month this could be a telltale sign of insomnia. Let us help you finally get your sleep schedule back on track.
Don’t lose out on any more sleep. Find out what it feels like to wake up refreshed. Call Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria, OR, to schedule your consultation and find out if you could be suffering from a sleep disorder.