We all sleep in order to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for a new day. Sleep is something that we all need so that we can function properly and live health lives on a daily basis. While we all go to sleep at night, some people wake up in the morning feeling well rested and ready for a new day while others feel like they never went to sleep at all. Have you found that you get the recommended amount of sleep each night only to wake up feeling tired? Does this tired feeling last throughout the day? Do you find that it negatively impacts your work and daily routine? Are you constantly asking yourself “why am I so tired?” If so you may be suffering from sleep apnea, a known cause of fatigue and drowsiness that can truly impact you everyday.

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Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in today’s world; in fact millions of Americans alone suffer from the condition, most of them unknowingly so. Sleep apnea can effect people of all sorts, both young and old, healthy and unhealthy. There are three main types of sleep apnea, each of which are caused by a different phenomena. The most commonly diagnose type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the soft tissues within the throat collapse and then obstruct the airway, therefore causing breathing complications. Other causes of sleep apnea include a problem within the brain signals or a combination of both physical obstruction and a miscommunication within the brain. No matter what type of sleep apnea you have, the fact is that you more than likely deal with daily sleepiness.

Why are sleep apneics more prone to feeling tired? The answer is simple: those with undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea do not sleep normally, therefore a normal pattern of sleep isn’t experienced. When this sleeping pattern is continuously interrupted, the body and the brain are not able to experience true REM sleep. The disruptions in the sleeping pattern occur because a sleep apneic stops breathing hundreds of times a night. These pauses in breathing not only disrupt the body internally but they can also cause the sleep apneic to wake up several times throughout the night. Because of this lack of normal, restorative sleep, when a patient has sleep apnea, the feeling of being well-rested is rare, and in most cases is something that the patient never experiences.

If you find that your drowsiness is a daily occurrence and that the condition never seems to go away, now is an ideal time to get the diagnosis and treatment you need. Only sleep physicians are certified to properly diagnose sleep apnea. If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Roubal can help find the right sleep apnea treatment method that will alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms. No longer will your days be ruined with constant fatigue. Instead you’ll have energy after a restful night’s sleep. Call Dr. Roubal’s office today to schedule an appointment, or contact us online.