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Learn More about Sleep Disorders & Sleep Apnea in Courtenay and Comox

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Although snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, you can you can suffer from a sleep disorder or sleep apnea in Courtenay and Comox and not snore. OSA is when a person’s airway is completely or partially collapsing while they are asleep. This is a common disorder in which a person has one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes.

Associations between OSA and the following health risks have been found:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Impotence
  • Tiredness and sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Weight gain / difficultly losing weight

Take the Epworth Sleepiness Scale Test if you think you may suffer from OSA

Answer the following question for each scenario on a scale of 0 to 3. Add your total from all questions together to receive your score.

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?

0=No chance of dozing 1=Slight chance of dozing 2=Moderate chance of dozing 3=High chance of dozing

  • Sitting and reading
  • Watching TV
  • Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g. a theater or a meeting)
  • As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
  • Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
  • Sitting and talking to someone
  • Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
  • In the car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic

If you received a score of 10 or higher, this could be an indication that you are suffering a sleep disorder or sleep apnea in Courtenay and Comox. Dr. Nasralla is full trained to help and aid in the treatment of OSA. Please call to book a consult today.



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