Improve your life & protect your health with a good night’s sleep
Every night, sleep apnea causes more than 18 million Americans to periodically stop breathing for 10 to 60 seconds as they sleep… as many as 30 times or more per hour! In addition to lowering blood oxygen levels, sleep apnea results in poor-quality sleep, as the body must bring you out of deep sleep to restore your breathing.
Conditions linked to sleep apnea
Sleep apnea can cause fatigue, morning headaches, excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring and memory problems. What’s more, sleep apnea has far-reaching effects on health. It has been linked to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and heart failure. In fact, about one-half of patients who have high blood pressure also have sleep apnea.
A major risk factor for sleep apnea is obesity. (In the U.S., 70% of people with sleep apnea are obese.) Excess fat on the sides of the upper airway passage can cause it to narrow, which can cause it to close during sleep. This is a particularly high risk for people who are overweight and have a large neck circumference.
Diagnosing & treating sleep apnea & other sleep problems
With a polysomnogram, or “sleep study,” we’re able to evaluate every aspect of your sleep cycle. If your results indicate you have sleep apnea, we can treat it effectively with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. Because it prevents airway closure during sleep, a CPAP device allows you to get the restful sleep – and adequate oxygen – that you need.
In addition to increasing alertness and eliminating snoring, treatment for sleep apnea can lower your blood pressure… and your risk of accidents, injury and serious health consequences.
At Rapha Primary Care Center, our board-certified sleep specialists conduct your sleep study in our own in-house accredited sleep laboratory.
We are responsible for our own policies and procedures, which we’ve crafted around the best interests of your health. We also diagnose and treat the full range of sleep disorders in addition to sleep apnea.