Sleep apnea is a problem that many Americans suffer from, many of them without even knowing it. It can be characterized by snoring, feelings of fatigue even after a full night’s sleep, and sudden waking and gasping for breath at night. While this issue can present some considerable health risks, there are treatments we have to address it.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person briefly stops breathing during the night while asleep. This usually happens multiple times over the course of the sleep period. It is possible that you may have this issue and not know it, especially if you live alone, since you may go right back to sleep once breathing resumes. If you are a heavy snorer or wake up frequently at night feeling short of breath, there is a good chance you have sleep apnea.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
This issue is generally a function of being overweight. Because of the extra fat, the area of the throat where the air is supposed to go through is too narrow, and as the muscles relax after you fall asleep, that air struggles to get through. It is important to treat sleep apnea because this lack of oxygen to the brain can lead to headaches, drowsiness during the day, depression, and even serious cardiovascular issues like hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.
How Can Kohn Medical & Weight Loss Help Me?
A doctor may prescribe a CPAP machine for you to wear while you sleep. This is a breathing machine that keeps your airways open at night while you are unconscious. However, whether you have a CPAP or not, it is very important that you get your weight under control to mitigate sleep apnea. At Kohn Medical & Weight Loss, we can help. We have scientifically proven medical weight loss techniques to get your weight under control and help you sleep better.
Request an Appointment in Las Vegas
Dr. Kohn can meet with you to discuss your sleep apnea and other weight-related conditions. He will take the time to understand your specific health challenges and develop a weight loss program that is most likely to work for you. To begin, call us now at 702-487-6500 or submit our online form below.