Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Specialist
50-70 million adults in the United States have a sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. Sleep apnea is more common than many people realize, with 25 million US adults having obstructive sleep apnea. The Sound Sleep Health medical providers offer treatments for sleep apnea in their three offices in Kirkland and Seattle, Washington. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, such as excessive fatigue during the day, and loud snoring, call or book online to visit the Sound Sleep Health team and get to the root of your sleep problem.

Sleep Apnea Q&A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can be life-threatening in more severe cases. It involves breathing that repeatedly stops and starts during your sleep.

Sleep apnea often stops you from reaching the deeper phases of your sleep cycle. There are three main types of sleep apnea, and it can affect people of all ages, including children.

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and involves the temporary relaxation of the muscles in your throat, such as your soft palate and tongue. This narrows or closes your airway, inhibiting breathing.

When you can’t obtain adequate air supply, it can lower the level of oxygen in your blood. Your brain detects this inability to breathe and wakes you from your sleep so that you can open your airway.

This interruption of your sleep can happen anywhere from five to 30 times an hour, or even more, and you might not even remember it.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea happens when your brain doesn’t communicate properly with the muscles that control your breathing.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

Complex sleep apnea syndrome happens when you have both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

If you feel tired even after a full night of sleep, and if you snore loudly, you might have sleep apnea.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Loud snoring
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Morning headache
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Awakening with shortness of breath

What causes sleep apnea?

There isn’t a known cause of sleep apnea, but there are risk factors, including:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • A narrowed airway
  • Alcohol and sedatives
  • Nasal congestion and allergies
  • Circumference of the neck — people with thicker necks often have narrower airways


Sleep apnea is twice as common in men.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

The Sound Sleep Health team provide a range of diagnostic testing, including in-home testing, which many people prefer over coming to a sleep lab.

The Sound Sleep Health team have a unique in-home testing process that takes place over multiple nights, typically three. This process aims to understand what your sleep pattern looks like and how many hours of sleep each requires.

Sound Sleep Health also participates in clinical trials to help progress research in the field of sleep apnea.

If you or your loved one experience these symptoms of sleep apnea, call or book your appointment online.

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