From the category archives: Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat

Sleep disorders and sleep apnea can be deadly. Do you stop breathing or suffer from snoring? Call Raleigh Capitol ENT to find solutions for your sleep problems.

What Is the Best Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

Does your spouse snore? Have you ever been told that you stop breathing during the night?

If so, you might have the classic symptoms of sleep apnea. But this condition is much more than an inconvenience; it can cause several serious health problems. We'll take a look at what causes sleep apnea, what the symptoms are, and how our ENT physicians at Raleigh Capitol ENT can help.

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Can Children Have Sleep Apnea?

Yes, 2 to 4 percent of children have a form of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and ten percent snore regularly, leaving them susceptible to the same health risks and problems that occur in adults with OSA, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Sleep apnea is a disease where there is a cessation of airflow for 10 seconds or more. This may occur hundreds of times during the night. While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, snoring is one of the major indicators.

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A Beginner’s Guide to CPAP Machines

First came the headaches, the daytime drowsiness---all the classic symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans each year. It is a condition where you stop breathing hundreds of times throughout the night. While snoring is one of the most common symptoms, not everyone with sleep apnea will snore. Therefore, a sleep study is usually needed to make an accurate diagnosis.

Your doctor offered a solution: a CPAP machine. But what is it, and how does it help treat sleep apnea?


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How to Stop Snoring

When you say you’ve been “sawing logs,” it makes snoring sound almost quaint. In reality, there’s nothing remotely charming about snoring---particularly for spouses who have to share a bed with a chronic snorer. If you’re the guilty party, you’re probably embarrassed to be the cause of your partner’s bedtime tossing and turning. But there’s much more to snoring than losing some hours of “zzzzz’s.”

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Four Solutions for Sleep Apnea

Inadequate sleep is often due to sleep apnea, a condition where the sleeper stops breathing in short intervals hundreds of times during the night.  This disorder affects more than 18 million American adults; it can even affect children. While snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, not everyone who snores has the disorder, which is why it is important to be evaluated by your ENT for an accurate diagnosis. Read about the symptoms and solutions here.

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Four Ways Sleep Apnea Can be Deadly

Hold your breath for 60 seconds. Wait 30 minutes and hold it again. Now, do that twice an hour for eight hours. It’s difficult to get anything done, isn’t it? Now imagine doing that all night—there’s no way you would get a good night’s sleep! This is the case for many with obstructive sleep apnea. Those with sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times during the night. The result can be deadly. See how it affects your health and how it can be stopped.

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Does Your Spouse Snore? Here’s Help


More married couples are spending the night in separate rooms, and it has nothing to do with romantic problems. Spouses are sleeping separately to get a decent night’s sleep. Whether they are struggling with snoring, insomnia or restless legs, couples are finding that “till death do us part” just might mean sleeping apart. But there's help! See why you may not have to live with that snoring after all.


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