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Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly STOPS AND STARTS.

You might SNORT, CHOKE or GASP.

THIS PATTERN CAN REPEAT ITSELF 5-30 TIMES OR MORE EACH HOUR, all night, impairing your ability to reach the deep, restful phases of sleep.


  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep (which would be reported by another person)
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Awakening with a dry mouth
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty paying attention while awake
  • Irritability

If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea. If you think you might have sleep apnea, see your doctor. Treatment can ease your symptoms and might help prevent heart problems and other complications.

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(These articles are a supplement to Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual, “Thrive” Spring/Summer 2019 issue. An online version of the entire publication is available at myvgh.org/thrive)

An estimated 35% of U.S. adults get less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep they need. Moreover, poor quality sleep can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Talk to your primary health care provider about your sleep and if a home sleep study through Virginia Gay Hospital is right for you. With a home sleep study, you’ll sleep in the comfort of your bed while a small device monitors your heart rate, oxygen saturation, breathing, and chest wall movement. 

To schedule an appointment with a primary health care provider, call the clinic of your choice: Atkins, Urbana, Van Horne, or Vinton Family Medical Clinic