Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the body stops breathing over and over again while sleeping. This is due to the airway closing up. The muscles in the neck and back of the throat become relaxed during sleep and cannot keep the airway open. As a result, the lungs do not get enough air or oxygen. The brain sends signals to wake up and to the muscles to function properly. Unfortunately this is at the cost of restless sleep.
You are at higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea if you are obese, older, or if other members in your family have obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Though potentially serious, obstructive sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated successfully.
Dr. Shirley Jones's, patient emphasis is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, General Pulmonary Medicine, Intensive Care Unit Delirium, Quality Improvement, Sleep Disorders. She also serves as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine with the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.