Sleep Apnea Specialist

Mary Luther, DC -  - Weight Loss Provider

Metabolic Weight Loss Centers

Mary Luther, DC

Weight Loss Provider located in Lombard, IL

Sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder that has wide-ranging health consequences. At Metabolic Weight Loss Centers in Wheaton and Lombard, Illinois, Mary Luther, DC, offers weight-loss plans that can improve your sleep and boost your overall health and wellness. If you’re concerned about sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, call or book an appointment online today to come in for a one-on-one consultation.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that robs you of your ability to get enough rest. An estimated 22 million Americans experience sleep apnea, although many are undiagnosed.  There are several types of sleep apnea. 

Obstructive sleep apnea

The most common type of sleep apnea, this occurs when the muscles in your throat relax and get in the way of airflow. 

Central sleep apnea

This happens when your brain struggles to effectively communicate with the muscles that manage breathing function. 

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

Also called treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, this is a combination of central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. 

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

A persistent sense that you’re not getting enough sleep is one sign you might have sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:

  • Gasping for air while asleep
  • Irritability
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Headache in the morning
  • Dry mouth upon awakening
  • Loud snoring
  • Trouble maintaining focus during the day

One of the most common signs of sleep apnea might not come from your observations, but from the observations of your sleep partner. Many men and women with sleep apnea have multiple episodes during the night when they stop breathing before suddenly gasping for air, which is incredibly disruptive to others. 

How is sleep apnea tied to being overweight or obese?

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing sleep apnea. As the fat cells in your neck expand, they place excess pressure on your upper airway, limiting the flow of air. While there are many other physiological and lifestyle issues that contribute to sleep apnea, weight gain is a common cause. 

Fortunately, losing weight removes that pressure, allowing your airway to regain its normal proportions. If you are significantly overweight, a device called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine helps by delivering air pressure into your upper airway while you sleep. 

As you move forward in weight-loss treatment, you can stop using your CPAP machine. The machine’s pressure can also be adjusted as your needs change.  

If you’re ready to improve your sleep as well as your overall health, schedule a consultation at Metabolic Weight Loss Centers today. Booking is as simple as a phone call or a visit to the online scheduling page.