Fatigue

Sleep Apnea and Fatigue – How Are They Related?

Do you wake up feeling tired and fatigued?  Does your spouse complain that your snoring is keeping them awake? We’ve all had nights where we don’t get enough sleep. If you suffer from any form of sleep apnea, you are having more than one of those nights. Your sleep could be interrupted hundreds of times a night by closures in your airway that occur during an apneic event. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when your muscles relax and cause a full or partial blockage.  OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea.

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couple with OSA, sleep apnea, can’t sleep
When you snore, your sleep is interrupted because your body will send a wake-up signal to your brain, causing you to awaken just enough to restore your muscle tone and open your throat to breathe. This same wake-up signal can also occur if you suffer from central sleep apnea (CSA), which is a form of sleep apnea where your brain temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing.

If your body is constantly waking itself up, you are not allowing yourself to go through the entire four-stage sleep cycle—including the deep, restorative stages. Instead, you are constantly going in and out of the initial stages, never reaching the critical deep sleep stages where your body can fully rest.

If you don’t enter these deep sleep stages, you aren’t getting the rest you need to allow your body to fully repair itself. When you don’t get enough sleep, you will lack energy and feel fatigued, constantly trying to catch up on your sleep.

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woman with OSA who can’t sleep

If your body is constantly waking itself up, you are not allowing yourself to go through the entire four-stage sleep cycle—including the deep, restorative stages. Instead, you are constantly going in and out of the initial stages, never reaching the critical deep sleep stages where your body can fully rest.

If you don’t enter these deep sleep stages, you aren’t getting the rest you need to allow your body to fully repair itself. When you don’t get enough sleep, you will lack energy and feel fatigued, constantly trying to catch up on your sleep.

Sleep Apnea can be dangerous and cause you to sleep while driving

If you leave your sleep apnea untreated, dismissing it as annoying snoring, you could face more serious consequences besides feeling tired all the time. Fatigue puts you at risk for accidents, both at work and while driving. Untreated sleep apnea is also associated with other serious health conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and others.

If You Are Experiencing Any Of The Above Symptoms

Take a Moment to Answer the Below Questionnaire

The STOP-BANG Questionnaire is a proven tool used by board-certified physicians to screen for obstructive sleep apnea. STOP-BANG is an acronym, which stands for Snoring, Tiredness, Observed apnea, blood Pressure, Body mass index, Age, Neck circumference, and Gender. Answering these questions can help identify patients at-risk for sleep apnea.

 

Take a Moment to Answer the Below Questions

 

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If you answer YES to 3 or more questions, you are considered at-risk or, high-risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If you answer 2 or less questions with a YES, you are considered low-risk for OSA.

Why Is The STOP-BANG Questionnaire Used For OSA?

The STOP BANG questionnaire was created by Dr. Frances Chung, a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the University Health Network, University of Toronto. By looking at key indicators including snoring, tiredness, observed apnea, high blood pressure, BMI, age, neck circumference, and gender, the questionnaire is reliable, concise, and easy-to-use. Multiple studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals to validate the use of the STOP-BANG tool as an effective screening tool of OSA in the general population. 

Our telemedicine practice makes it easier for people to access care they need to treat OSA, sleep apnea and help with feeling fatigued. Research suggests that people who use our telemedicine platform spend less time at a doctor’s office and less time commuting.

Using our telemedicine platform allows patients to access care in the comfort and privacy of their own home. This may mean that a person does not have to take time off work or arrange childcare.

Schedule Your Appointment today for an initial consult with one of our sleep doctors using our at home telemedicine platform.

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*Dr. Vaysbrot
Neurology: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2008
Sleep Medicine: American Board of Medical Specialties, 2011

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