Sleep apnea can affect anyone but certain factors like family history can put you at an increased risk.
If you have a family member that has sleep apnea your risk of getting it are increased. This may be a result of either inherited traits or common lifestyles. For example, if your parents are overweight your chances of being overweight are stronger and that is a strong indicator of sleep apnea. Physiological traits such as a thick neck, jaw position, enlarged tonsils usually all have
to do with traits from your genetics. These aspects all have indicators of a sleep apnea diagnosis.
Come into our office and we will consult with you and answer your questions about sleep apnea.
Here are some questions we will ask you when you come into our office:
- Are you taking any medications?
- Do you ever feel tired, feel sleepy, or lack energy during the day? If so, how often during the day? When does this usually occur?
- How restful is sleep?
- Do you frequently have morning headaches?
- Are you taking or withdrawing from stimulants, such as coffee or tobacco?
- How much alcohol do you drink each day?
- Do you have any problems with mental or emotional functioning?
- Do you suffer from heartburn?
- What is your normal sleeping position (back, side, or stomach)?
- If you have a bed partner, does he or she complain about your snoring, thrashing, or gasping for breath?
- Do you fall asleep almost as soon as your head hits the pillow? (This may be a sign of sleep deprivation.)