Posted on: October 11, 2017
About 90 million Americans get nudged, elbowed or awakened each night because they’re snoring. Though loud snoring is something of a joke in our culture, when coupled with obesity, it can signal obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted repeatedly throughout the night as they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. Here I’ll explain the dangers associated with sleep apnea, the underlying problem of obesity, and how weight loss surgery can be the solution to both. By Mitchell S. Roslin, MD, FACS, Director of Northern Westchester Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Program and Professor of Surgery at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.
Posted on: April 22, 2014
Sleep Apnea: Symptoms, Dangers, and Treatment Options
By Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder where you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea. The most common symptoms are snoring and daytime sleepiness. But these symptoms may not be seen in everyone, which delays diagnosis in most people. Other symptoms that are seen in sleep apnea are non-restorative sleep, morning headaches, nocturia (urinating multiple times at night), and insomnia. One or more symptoms may be present in most patients. There are some people with no symptoms.