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1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114

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Sleep Apnea Causes and Symptoms in Crofton, MD

Sleep is an essential part of your day. Not only is getting enough sleep each night important, so too is getting quality sleep. Sleep is a process that allows your body to rest as well as repair itself. In doing so, you wake up feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to tackle the day ahead. However, if you have sleep apnea, the quality of your sleep is significantly impacted. With sleep apnea, your sleep cycles are interrupted. You stop breathing for several seconds, which triggers your body to partially wake up, interrupting your sleep cycles. When you fall asleep again, the cycles start all over again. This occurs multiple times during the night, leaving you feeling exhausted when you wake up and can also affect how you function throughout the day. At The Mugford Center, we are here to help.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

If you suffer from sleep apnea in Crofton, Dr. Mugford can help!There are three different types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and mixed sleep apnea. Mixed sleep apnea, also called complex sleep apnea syndrome, is a mixture of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. This particular type of sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked, either by your tongue or other intraoral tissues. When your airway is blocked by these tissues, it can interfere with your breathing. OSA can be caused by
•  Obesity.
•  Enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
•  Misalignment of your jaw.
•  Lifestyle habits such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption.

Central sleep apnea occurs as a result of a miscommunication between your brain and the muscles that control your breathing. Because your brain temporarily does not signal your breathing muscles, your breathing pauses. This particular type of sleep apnea is often the result of certain types of medical issues or issues that impact your brainstem. Causes of central sleep apnea include
•  Brain infections.
•  Stroke.
•  Heart failure.
•  Parkinson’
•  s disease.
•  Obesity.

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

There are many symptoms that can point toward sleep apnea. One of the most common is waking up the morning after morning feeling completely exhausted like you never went to bed in the first place. Other causes of sleep apnea include
•  Snoring.
•  Waking up with a dry or sore mouth and throat.
•  Waking up gasping for breath.
•  Trouble staying awake during the day. You may fall asleep while working or while driving.
•  Trouble focusing.
•  Feeling irritable and having difficulty controlling your emotions.

What are the Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea?

There are some different factors that can increase your risk of developing sleep apnea. Common risk factors include
•  Being overweight or obese.
•  A large neck circumference.
•  Hypothyroidism.
•  Your age. Older adults are more likely to develop sleep apnea.
•  Being a male. Men are at a greater risk than women.
•  Certain lifestyle habits such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption.
•  Your lower jaw is small.

How Can I Prevent Sleep Apnea?

You can lower your risk for, or even prevent, sleep apnea in a few different ways.
•  Maintain a healthy weight.
•  Avoid tobacco products and alcohol.
•  Avoid sleeping on your back.
•  Undergo orthodontic treatments to correct alignment issues.
•  Invest in an oral appliance. This is a device that can be worn while you sleep to hold your jaw in proper alignment.

Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Consultation Today

The proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea can help you to get the sleep you need, restoring your quality of life. For more information or to schedule your consultation, call The Mugford Center today at (410) 260-0790. We can help identify and diagnose the severity of the sleep apnea and discuss the best treatment options for your unique situation. For more information about our practice, see our office information page.
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