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Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing throughout the sleep cycle.
These interruptions, called apneas, are caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the airway, which prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs.
Weak muscles in the airway, a large tongue, obesity, and other factors may cause airway tissue to collapse and obstruct breathing.
Early morning headaches
Excessive daytime fatigue
Depression or irritability
Sleepiness during routine activities
Loud persistent snoring
Witnessed pauses in breathing
Choking for air during sleep
Frequent visits to the bathroom
What are the symptoms?
Do I have Sleep Apnea?
If you suspect that you have symptoms of sleep apnea, it's important to seek a diagnosis with your primary care doctor or a sleep physician right away.
Need help finding a physician near you? At Pinnacle Sleep, we service the Carolinas and abroad but if you're out of our network we will be happy to guide you in the right direction.
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