Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when your throat muscles periodically relax and block your airway, causing you to stop and start breathing while sleeping.
“If you snore frequently and find you are tired throughout the day, talk to your doctor about having a sleep study,” says Bradley K. Bittle, MD, FCCP, D-ABSM, pulmonologist
and sleep medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “During a sleep test at Saint Francis’ Sleep Disorders Center, we can measure many different body functions, including breathing patterns, blood oxygen level and eye movement.”
If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend that you use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine while you sleep. This machine keeps the pressure of the air you breathe slightly higher than that of the surrounding air, opening your airway.
For more information, call the Sleep Disorders Center at 573-331-5837.