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Sleep Disorders

Can I benefit from a home sleep study?

The answer is YES!

A HOME SLEEP STUDY can:

  • Lower cost, about 10% of an in-lab sleep study.
  • Increased comfort from sleeping in your own bed wirelessly.
  • Improved health with results and therapy options, all in less than a week.

Some benefits of a A to Z Sleep home sleep study test:

  • Our home sleep testing is covered by Medicare and almost all major medical plans. A trip to a sleep lab may cost you a high co-pay and deductible.
  • Our home sleep study test is a new, low cost, patient friendly wireless device that is worn while you sleep in your own bed at night. Your sleep data is reviewed by a certified sleep technologist and then interpreted by your physician or your sleep specialist. You physician will then recommend the appropriate therapy.
  • Our home sleep test provides a better profile of your breathing during sleep by allowing you to be studied in your normal sleeping environment.
  • Our home sleep study device is worn on your forehead, and is usually worn for one night. The small size allows the device to be comfortably worn in al sleep positions, and even notifies you with voice prompts that you are wearing it correctly.

For more information call: A to Z Sleep Center at (386) 423-0505 x1235

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Sleep Disorders

Take this sleep apnea quiz.

__ Are you regularly unrefreshed, even after waking from a full night’s sleep?

__ Do you fall asleep easily during your waking hours at home or at work?

__ Are you a loud, habitual snorer?

__ Have you been observed choking, gasping or holding your breath during sleep?

__ Do you often suffer from poor concentration or judgement, memory loss, irritability and/or depression?

__ Are you overweight, or do you have Diabetes, Hypertension, or Heart Disease?

If you checked two or more questions, you may be suffering from sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. Untreated sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, memory problems, weight gain, impotency and headaches. It may also be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Ask A to Z Sleep centers about your symptoms and possible treatments.

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Sleep Disorders

Why do I snore?

Snoring is one of those inconvenient sleep problems that some people experience while others never experience. Up to 20 percent of the population or approximately 90 million American adults — 37 million on a regular basis experience the snoring sleep disorder.

Snoring may occur nightly or intermittently. Persons most at risk are males and those who are overweight, but snoring is a problem in both genders. Snoring usually becomes more serious as people age.

It will cause disruptions to your own sleep and most likely to your bed-partner’s sleep. The most common effects that are tied to snoring are daytime sleepiness and health issues along with cardiovascular disease.  Nearly half of people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea. See our sleep apnea article for more information.

During sleep, the muscles in your throat begin to relax, your tongue will fall backward, and then your throat narrows. While you breathe in and out the vibration from the walls of your throat create the snoring noise. The smaller your airway becomes, the more the throat will vibrate and the louder the snore noise will become.

In sever cases, the throat closes completely creating a condition called apnea (cessation of breathing). This is a serious illness that requires medical attention.

A to Z Sleep specializes in all snoring conditions. Contact us today at (386) 423-0505 extension 1234 or email us goodnight@atozsleep.com for complete information on sleep disorders or a sleep study at one of our four sleep lab locations in Central Florida.

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Sleep Apnea Sleep Disorders

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is the temporary pause in breathing due to the blockage of the upper airways during sleep. These brief gaps in breathing result in many sleep interruptions each hour, dramatically affects the quality of sleep.

Different types of sleep apnea include:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
  • Mixed Sleep Apnea (MSA)

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

It is a common sleep disorder with a mild to severe effect on you health and lifestyle.  OSA involves partial or complete collapse of the airway during sleep.  It can occur hundreds of times per night in severe cases.  OSA is created by the muscles in the throat relaxing around your airway narrowing it while you are     sleeping.  It’s much like a straw being pinched in the middle & no fluid is allowed to pass. Once the patient has limited or a completely blocked airway the oxygen will begin to drop as well until the brain senses the patient to breathe once again. The sleeping brain senses the breathing difficulty & increases the effort to breathe.  The increased effort awakens the brain, which signals the throat muscles to become active & open the airway. Each occurrence of this cycle interrupts the     patient’s sleep architecture & prevents the patient from attaining a solid sleep period that the body requires for refreshment.

What is Central Sleep Apnea?

Central sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during     sleep. Central sleep apnea occurs because your     brain doesn’t send proper signals to the     muscles that control your breathing — unlike obstructive sleep apnea, in which you can’t breathe normally because of upper airway obstruction. Central sleep apnea is less common, accounting for fewer than 5 percent of sleep apnea cases. Central sleep apnea may occur as a result of other conditions, such as heart failure and stroke. Sleeping at a high altitude also may cause central sleep apnea.

What is Mixed Sleep Apnea?

Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive & central sleep apnea.  The patients apnea will begin central  & within seconds the brain connects to the respiratory  system & then the respiratory system begins to function, but the airway will still be blocked.

Signs & Symptoms of all Sleep Apneas

  • Snoring
  • Witnessed episodes of gasping or “not breathing during sleep”
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness that prevents a healthful daily function
  • Irritiability & depression
  • Morning headaches
  • Hypertension with an increased risk of stroke & heart disease

What Causes Different Types of Sleep Apnea?

  • Smaller than normal jaw
  • Large tongue
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Excessive tissue in back of throat or surround the airway (such as a large neck)
  • Obesity (excessive tissue in neck & structure of mouth)
  • Tissue weakness related to aging
  • Alcohol, sleeping pills & tranquilizers
  • Spinal Cord Damage
  • Opiate Medications
  • High Altitude Sleeping
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Stroke

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Depending on the cause of a patient’s sleep apnea will determine the treatment.  Such as if the patient has mild sleep apnea & is overweight, a weight loss regimen may be recommended & patient be retested following weight loss.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) could be implemented for patients with the causes stemming from alcohol or medications.

Some of the most effective & more common treatments are:

  • CPAP Therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
  • BIPAP Therapy (Bi-Level pap)
  • ASV Therapy (Auto Servo Ventilation)
  • Oral Appliances (which are 50% effective with mild diagnoses)
  • Surgery (nasal operations, UPP (uvulopalatoplasty), UPPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty)
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement (cutting of jaw bones)
  • Somnoplasty (frequency energy waves shrinking the upper airway tissues)

There are many different therapy options for different types of sleep apnea so please talk to your doctor & discuss which option will benefit you the best.