Men’s Health Month and Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea Palo Alto
We all know June means Father’s Day is right around the corner, but did you know that June is also Men’s Health Month? Palo Alto sleep apnea specialist Dr. Hansen wants to help celebrate and encourage the health of all the fellas out there with some educational tips about a very common but serious sleep disorder.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea, is a constriction of the airway from collapsing throat tissues and/or the tongue blocking the airway during sleep and millions of people suffer from it. Most of us don’t think of snoring as something to be overly concerned about. However, frequent loud snoring is not only a health issue but it can also be a sign of sleep apnea.
Is Sleep Apnea Serious?
Yes. People with untreated sleep apnea can stop breathing repeatedly during the night, which means the brain, and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen. When sleep apnea goes untreated, patients are more likely to suffer from strokes, heart problems and high blood pressure, as well as a higher incidence of work and driving-related accidents. There is even an association of sleep apnea with Alzheimer’s disease, depression, erectile dysfunction, GERD, and acid reflux.
Can Sleep Apnea be Treated?
Yes! Even though sleep apnea is treatable, it often goes unrecognized, which can be dangerous and detrimental to your health, making it vital to visit Palo Alto sleep apnea expert Dr. Hansen if you suspect that you or a loved one might have sleep apnea. The goal of sleep apnea treatment is to alleviate your restless nights in a comfortable and effective manner, thereby likely reducing the health risks associated with sleep apnea and lack of sleep.
Living with obstructive sleep apnea does not have to be impossible, and if you follow Palo Alto sleep apnea specialist Dr.Hansen’s customized treatment plan you can get the full night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of. If you have questions about living with your sleep apnea, or to schedule your next appointment with Dr.Hansen, call 650-326-3290 today!