Tired? Snoring? You could have sleep apnea

CLEVELAND -- Getting a good night's sleep can be challenging, especially for those with sleep apnea.

This sleeping disorder occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. It can stop even stop you from breathing.

The first step to a better night's sleep is diagnoses. Health officials say 80 percent of people with sleep apnea have not been diagnosed.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, sleep apnea symptoms include snoring, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening, sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking, headaches and night sweats.

"I sleep nine to 10 hours a night, but I am so tired," says Joanne Kraine, of Huron.

Kraine was diagnosed with sleep apnea and now uses continuous positive airway pressure, which works through a mask to get her a better night's sleep.

"Ultimately, you do need something on your face while sleeping because you are getting this pressurized air and it has to be delivered in a way so that it is not going to leak out," says Dr,Tina Waters of the Cleveland Clinic.

Kraine says she is surprised at how quiet the mask is and how much it helps her.

"You have a choice you could gave a good night sleep wearing the mask or you could have a not good night sleep and not feel good all day," Kraine explains.

The first step if you think you have sleep apnea is to contact your doctor. They will talk to you about your options and possibly suggest a sleep lab study, or at-home sleep test.


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