Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is halting and resumption of breathing during sleep. It can occur due to different reasons. In obstructive sleep apnea, there is a blockage in the airway, which causes an intermittent stoppage of breathing. It is caused by intermittent relaxation of throat muscles, leading to loud snoring, headaches, daytime sleepiness, gasping for air, etc. Continuous positive airway pressure is the best treatment modality for it.

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I feel sleepy and tired all the time, even after adequate sleep. Why so?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had trouble waking up and often feel that my sleep is inadequate. I wake up with headaches and confusion. I go to bed around 9 to 10 PM and wake up at 8:30 AM. Still, I feel like my sleep is not sufficient. I have been told that I talk during sleep every night and also experience s...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I suggest the following: 1) Get screened for obstructive sleep apnoea if you have snoring, are obese, and feel sleepy. 2) Ask your doctor if you can reduce the dose of tablet Arpizol (Aripiprazole) to 2 mg. It could cause sleepiness, head...  Read Full »

What causes involuntary puffing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45 year old male. A month back, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I have enclosed my report here. I feel breathless at night while lying down and I was advised it as because of sleep apnea. I have been trying to use a CPAP. For past two months I am experiencing breathlessness on...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your query and reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) in detail. Please find my observations below. There is a probability of having a parasomnia which is defined as sleep disorders that involve abnormal movements and features like...  Read Full »

Is there a permanent cure for obstructive sleep apnea?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and secondary pulmonary hypertension two years back. I am using a CPAP but, not too regularly now. When sleeping, I often feel a blockage of my air passage, especially while exhaling, as if suddenly clogged by some tissues. This would repeat...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We need to find your apnea score. You must have done polysomnography before using the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Kindly share the reports so that we can know your apnea score. OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) can be treated by the surgical removal...  Read Full »

Can my mouth breathing habit lead to sleep apnea?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19. I am partly a mouth breather since childhood. I mean, I breathe through my mouth only while sleeping. Is it harmful? Will I get sleep apnea? I am a thin guy with no snoring issues.  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query about mouth breathing. I would like to say that yes, eventually it causes enlarged tonsils as well as adenoids, and causes a nasal obstruction leading to obstructive sleep apnea. It can happen in any body type. If your nose is blocked b...  Read Full »

Is it true that highly-polluted particulate matter is a contributing factor to OSA?

Query: Hello doctor,I am diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. The sleep study test was done to confirm the same. I am usually exposed to highly polluted particulate matter, which I have read in multiple medical studies as a contributing factor to OSA. I am also diagnosed with Odontoideum, straightening ...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.You are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). The symptoms that you have already mentioned are the typical features of OSA. Several studies have shown the linkage between OSA and exposure to the chemicals and fumes of burn pits. Toxins from burn pits may relax t...  Read Full »

Why do I wake up tired and with a headache every day?

Query: Hi, I sleep at 10 PM at night and get up at 7 AM. I am getting adequate sleep. But for the last few days, I wake up very tired in the morning and this is causing me to sleep in office. Please give me advice regarding this.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting a query at icliniq. The problem you described can be caused by multiple factors. One of them is subclinical viral infection that wisely affects during change of season. This is generally also associated with generalized myalgia, easy fatigability and decreased interest in work...  Read Full »

Would you please interpret the sleep apnea test results?

Query: Hi doctor, I have difficulty breathing on the left side of my nose, and I also have difficulty breathing with a mask. I am unable to have a long night's sleep. I have high cholesterol, which doctors say is not related to food, but stress. I have done a sleep apnea test wearing a breather and a wra...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from difficulty breathing in the left side of the nose, difficulty breathing with the mask, and inability to have a long night's sleep. You have recently done a sleep apnea test. The ...  Read Full »

I wake up every day with a heavy head and dizziness. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I wake up with a heavy head, headache, and drowsiness. It seems tough to do anything in the morning. But, I feel more energetic in the evening. Why?  Read Full »


Dr. Alon Seifan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Many things can cause morning fatigue. If you snore at night, you may have a condition called sleep apnea or otherwise known as obstructive sleep apnea. This causes a lack of oxygen and can cause people to feel drowsy during the day. However, this would not explain w...  Read Full »

What is the difference between myocardial bridge and NSTEMI?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from chest pain on and off for quite some time now. The frequency of chest pains has been increasing over the last few months. I had chest pain twice last year before 7 and 14 months. I was hospitalized with chest pain and with mildly elevated Troponin T. Discharge summary...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please tell me the following details so that I can help you with the conceern: 1) Did NSTEMIs (non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction) occur after exertion or at rest? 2) What were the symptoms during NSTEMIS, like transient or prolonged chest pain more tha...  Read Full »

Can obesity result in snoring?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old male, and I do not have any medical condition besides that I am overweight, maybe obese class 1, with a height of 184 cm and weight between 105-115 kg. Last few months ago, I noticed that, sometimes, when I am about to fall asleep, I make a snoring sound while I am con...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A lot of causes can produce this snoring. They include: There are nasal causes that need an endoscopic examination to be diagnosed. Your soft palate may be large enough to vibrate while sleeping, which can be diagnosed by oral inspection. Capture a photo of your ...  Read Full »

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