Frequently asked sleep questions

  • SleepingCan you have more than one sleep disorder?

Yes, you many sleep disorders can co-exist and there is some overlap. For example, you can have insomnia due to a circadian rhythm problem such as delayed sleep phase syndrome.

A sleep study consultation at W8MD weight loss, sleep and medsdpa centers entails a detailed sleep history and physical examination focussed on sleep disorders.

Sleep specialists are physicians specialized in the field of sleep medicine dealing with any of the over 80 different sleep disorders.

Home sleep studies, also called portable sleep studies can be used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea, but not central sleep apnea.

  • How many apneas per hour are normal?

In a sleep stud, up to 5 apneas and or hypopneas called Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) is considered acceptable for adults.

The overnight sleep study called polysomnograph, takes about 6 to 7 hours.

Sleep disordered breathing, insomnia, circadian rhytm disorders, hypersomnias (excessive daytime sleepiness), and parasomnias.

  • Can you sleep without knowing it?

Some people who are extremely sleepy can go in to what is called microsleep and they may not be aware of it.

Before you fall asleep, you can.

Do not drink alcholol, caffeinated beverages or other stimulants before a sleep study.

Sleep clinics diagnose, and treat any of the over 80 different sleep disorders

  • Why do I wake up gasping for air when I sleep?

It might be a sign of sleep apnea. Consult a sleep doctor As soon as possible

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Loud snoring.
  • Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep.
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking.
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat.
  • Morning headache.
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day.
  • Why do I hold my breath when I sleep?

It could be a sign of sleep apnea. Consult with a sleep doctor as soon as possible.

On the side or on you stomach as opposed to on your back (supine) to reduce the risk of sleep apnea.

Losing weight can help reduce the risk or cure obstructive sleep apnea in many people although some may have it for genetic reasons

Yes, it can be serious and fatal if untreated especially if you have severe sleep apnea

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