Life is complicated. Sleeping shouldn't be. Do you know that one in four people have a sleep disorder? Loud snoring may be a signal that you have a breathing problem that occurs only while you sleep.
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As you relax, excess throat tissue can cause interruptions in the normal breathing process. Some people even stop breathing for brief periods, hundreds of times throughout the night! Their spouses may notice periods of "snoring like a buzzsaw" interspersed with gasping.
If you snore loudly, or if you have experienced excessive daytime sleepiness, take this sleep apnea test:
Do you snore?
Are you sleepy during the day?
Are you overweight?
Do you wake up with a morning headache?
Do you have high blood pressure?
Are you irritable, fatigued or experiencing difficulty concentrating?
Do you find it hard to stay awake while driving, reading a book, watching TV or attending meetings?
Do you ever wake up choking, gasping or with a racing heartbeat during the night?
Has anyone ever watched you sleep and told you that you hold your breath or move often while you are sleeping?
If you answered "Yes" to two ore more questions, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
The test is to be used for informational purposes only and should not be used as a diagnostic tool. For more information about sleep disorders, talk with your physician or call the Sleep Lab at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne at 817-556-7627.
Common Questions and Answers
What is sleep apnea? It is a cessation of breathing that may take place hundreds of times at night, but you may not realize it.
What can happen to me if I have sleep apnea? Untreated, sleep apnea can cause debilitating sleepiness, increase your chance of becoming involved in accidents. Sleep apnea may also lead to health complications including high blood pressure, stroke or heart failure.
What should I do if I think I have sleep apnea? Talk to your primary care physician. He or she may recommend that you have a sleep study. If the study reveals that you do not have sleep apnea, a variety of treatment options are available including weight loss, oral appliances, surgery or using CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or BiPAP (Two Positive Airway Pressures).
Sleep Apnea Educational Program The sleep apnea educational program has been established to further educate and assess the patient after being diagnosed with a sleep disorder. The program enables the hospital and physicians on the medical staff to develop a customized program for each individual.
Patients have the opportunity for one-on-one education with a certified respiratory therapist or registered sleep technician. Brochures and videos are available to patients as an education tool.
The sleep apnea education program has been developed by Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne as a service to the community.
The Sleep Lab at Texas Health Cleburne offers sleep studies to diagnose sleep apnea, narcolepsy and other sleep disorders in adults and children.
Our certified staff provides a reassuring and professional atmosphere to patients throughout the study. Our sleep lab rooms promote comfort, privacy and relaxation. For more information, call 817-556-7755.