Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder. It affects more than 12 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. When a person suffers from OSA, the muscles in their throat relax during sleep and this makes breathing difficult. The brain senses the breathing difficulty and will wake the person up to resume breathing. If the brain wakes the person many times throughout the night, this can result in fragmented sleep with poor quality. Untreated OSA can lead to many medical problems, including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and depression. But adequate treatment can reduce or eliminate these risks. In many cases, the patient feels the benefits, such as reduced sleepiness and better mood, quickly after treatment begins.
We proudly conduct our Sleep Studies at the Northside Hospital Sleep Disorder Center which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and has four convenient locations in Atlanta, Cherokee, Forsyth, and Roswell. For more information please visit northside.com/sleep.