If you feel tired even after getting 7 hours of sleep, your partner complains about your snoring, or you stop breathing at night, you might benefit from talking with a doctor about sleep disorders.
Sleep studies and sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is the most common disorder. It’s characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. It’s also easy to diagnose and treat, which is important because people with untreated sleep apnea are at risk of falling asleep while driving, and have an increased risk of future heart attack, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, or stroke.
Your doctor might recommend a sleep study, which in many cases can be done in your home using portable equipment. If your study results show sleep apnea, your doctor might recommend a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.
CPAP is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea, but you may choose to use an oral positioning device if you don’t tolerate CPAP. If you need a CPAP, call to find out more about coverage.