What Sleep Apnea looks like?
What sleep apnea looks like? Well, we've discussed this before earlier on with sleep apnea looks like you're having an uncomfortable night's sleep. Not only your snoring all night, or humming along with the light, low snore, but all of a sudden, you're asleep, your, your sleep is disturbed, and you're waking up with a jolt, and you're gasping for air. And this becomes quite scary to a significant other. I don't know if this has ever happened with you. But when you have young kids, and they're snoring or gasping a little bit, you'll watch them sleeping. And all of a sudden they're quiet. And you're sitting in there you go, come on, breathe, breathe, breathe, and then all of a sudden, oh, okay, okay, well, let's watch them a little more and make sure that everything is alright. While it's pretty dangerous, you know, we count the number of times he stopped breathing during the night, over five for an adult, five times per hour. 10 times is considered moderate. As it goes up to 15, we considered five to 15, we consider a mild, mild 15 to 30 times an hour, we consider moderate and over 30 is very severe. However, with the child, if they stop even once, it's time to get them checked out by a sleep specialist as a pediatric sleep specialist. That's very important. Very important, a very serious condition that needs to be addressed.
The other thing that we notice with people that have sleep apnea is when they drive, they look like they're drunk. Know the difference had an accident. There's only one way to tell. Though, there are several ways to tell, you may be able to tell by smelling the person's breath. And if they're still alive, having them do a having them do a test with the breath analyzer. Okay, if they have sleep apnea, okay, there are no skid marks at the scene of the accident. A drunk slams on the brakes at the last minute, the skid marks. If you fall asleep at the wheel. You never never hit the brake. You're still accelerating and you may hit that other car or a tree still hitting going up to 70 miles an hour plus, very, very dangerous. Okay. And most people are just not aware of that even happening. - 281 - Another thing that happens that you may notice with you, if you have sleep apnea is may get up quite often to go to the bathroom during the night. People say, Oh, I guess I'm just getting old. Maybe I had too much to drink too much water before I went to bed. Okay, and I just had to get up and empty my bladder. Well, sometimes that's true. However, sometimes if you stop breathing, and you wake up momentarily, the brain may say to yourself, Hey, as long as I'm up, let's go into the bladder. And you may find that she that happens three, four or five times a night. Now I've had patients come in and tell me that after we're treating them for the sleep apnea, that it doesn't happen at all, or maybe just once or twice during the night when it used to be four or five times. So that's pretty significant. Pretty significant.