Receiving a good night’s sleep is imperative to maintaining proper mental and physical health. Fayetteville Otolarynoglogy’s ear, nose and throat physicians are uniquely qualified to evaluate the entire upper airway and to offer a full array of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for your sleep disorder.
Poor Sleep is a Bigger Problem Than You Think
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology forty-five percent of normal adults snore, occasionally and twenty percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people and usually worsens with age. Snoring may be an indication of sleep apnea and should not be taken lightly.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Snoring can be a sign of a more serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is characterized by multiple episodes of breathing pauses greater than 10 seconds at a time, due to upper airway narrowing or collapse. This results in lower amounts of oxygen in the blood, which causes the heart to work harder. It also causes disruption of the natural sleep cycle, which makes people feel poorly rested despite adequate time in bed. Apnea patients may experience 30 to 300 such events per night.
How are Sleep Disorders Evaluated?
Fayetteville Otolaryngology’s physicians suggest an initial screening that includes the taking of an in-depth medical history accompanied by a physical examination. Based on the physical exam’s results, Faytetteville Otolarynology’s physicians may recommend a sleep study. SLeep studies are painless and use something known as a polysomnogram test to monitors brain waves, breathing patterns, heart rate, oxygen level and muscle movements.