When things go bump in the night, it may be the monster in your closet or the ghost under your bed… or it might just be your partner who suffers from sleep apnea, waking up suddenly, gasping for air! 

During a bout of sleep apnea, your throat muscles relax and the gasp of air indicates that you have stopped breathing. This pattern can repeat itself 5 to 30 times or more each hour, all night, impairing your ability to reach the deep, restful phases of sleep.

This Halloween, we’re addressing the Silent Killer, Sleep Apnea. Although unfortunately, it’s not always so silent. Frustrating Sleep Apnea symptoms might literally make you scream! 

Some of these include:

  • Snoring, choking in your sleep, or gasping for air
  • daytime drowsiness and fatigue
  • frequent nighttime awakenings for no reason (or to use the bathroom)
  • a dry mouth, headache, or sore throat in the morning
  • moodiness
  • loss of libido or sex drive
  • difficulty with attention and focus
  • nightmares about drowning 
  • a very angry bed partner

 

**Cue scary music** Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder which affects over 25 million Americans, and 1 billion people worldwide. However, in this horror movie, there is a safe solution (& hopefully there won’t be 12 sequels) that doesn’t involve fighting for your life.

Actually there are lots of different solutions, including: a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, nasal strips, dental devices, dietary changes, or in more extreme cases, surgery.

Okay, we know that CPAP isn’t for anyone and you may feel like you’ll be mistaken for “Bane” from Batman or the “Clown” from Poltergeist. But… they’re pretty cool characters, right? Some other good news is that modern CPAPs are now far less bulky and actually can look quite neat compared to their earlier counterparts. 


(You will not look like this)

Let’s leave horror on the screen. The first step to sweeter dreams is downloading the Ognomy App available on The App Store or Google Play. Schedule an appointment with a sleep doctor who can help you get the treatment you need and one that suits your lifestyle – remember, ANYONE can have sleep apnea… whether you are Batman, Bane or just a regular Joe!

Happy Sleeping!

Sources: 
https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hw48752
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631
https://www.sleepresolutions.com/blog/whats-scarier-than-a-cpap-mask-on-halloween-answer-untreated-osa