Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders.
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Understanding the symptoms of sleep disorders.
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SLEEP APNEA, SNORING AND BREATHING PROBLEMS IN SLEEP- 2.
What symptoms and complications can result?
-Daytime sleepiness, often underestimated or not even recognized by the person with the problem.
-A resulting seven to twelve fold increased risk of frequently devastating motor vehicle crashes.
-Irritability, personality change and memory problems.
-Restless sleep, night sweats, headaches and dry throat on awakening.
-In some but not all people, arousals with choking, chest pain or shortness of breath.
-High blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms.
-Heart failure, heart attack, accelerated development of coronary disease, strokes, cardiac arrest, sleep-related convulsions and premature death in severe cases.
-It is crucial to realize that some patients have no symptoms at all, even if they suffer from life-threatening degrees of sleep apnea...and one large recent study suggested that the majority of people with sleep apnea may well be asymptomatic!
Should sleep-related breathing disorders be considered an urgent medical problem?
-In many cases, yes. Severe sleep apnea can represent an emergent condition warranting rapid diagnosis and treatment: because its potentially devastating and irreversible complications can be prevented.
What treatments are available for sleep apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders?
-OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA:
INFORMATION ON SPECIFIC SLEEP DISORDERS
INFORMATION FOR OTHERS:
AND FOR MORE INFORMATION:
COLUMBUS COMMUNITY HEALTH
REGIONAL SLEEP DISORDERS CENTER
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Robert W. Clark, M.D., Medical Director
1430 South High Street, Columbus OH 43207
Tel:  443-7800
Fax:  443-6960
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