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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common condition that may seriously impact your health, increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, among other conditions. Indiana University Health physicians are experts in treating sleep apnea, which will improve your health and quality of sleep.

If you have sleep apnea, you may stop breathing for short periods of time while you sleep. During this period, the amount of oxygen in your blood drops, which affects the cells in your body and prevents them from functioning correctly. Your body often wakes you up multiple times each night as you experience these periods of not breathing, which causes you to become sleep deprived because the sleep you are getting is of such poor quality. People with sleep apnea are at higher risk for accidents, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arrhythmias and depression.

There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the condition (especially in obese patients), results when the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep, although your body continues to try to breathe. Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, is a less common condition in which your brain does not send the signals to your respiratory system to breathe during sleep.

Sleep apnea has a variety of causes, ranging from excess weight and obesity to genetic and physical or anatomical factors. Lifestyle changes, breathing devices, mouth guards and even surgeries may be used to correct your sleep apnea and keep you healthy.

If you are having issues with daytime sleepiness or snoring, talk to your physician about the possibility of sleep apnea. 

Our physicians offer advanced, comprehensive treatment options for sleep apnea that fit your needs and lifestyle. At Indiana University Health, we work with you to make the changes necessary to improve your sleep quality and overall well-being. Our expert physicians understand how difficult it is to go about your daily activities when you are having trouble sleeping and strive to help you rest easy. 

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Sleep Apnea Treatment Information

We provide a variety of services to manage your sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Locations & Physicians

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Sleep Apnea Support Services

Learning more about your sleep apnea can improve the quality of your sleep. The websites below provide support and education for sleep apnea patients.