Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: How to Know if You Have Sleep Apnea

In Health and Beauty on October 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Dr. Naveed Fazlani

Dr. Naveed Fazlani

Have you ever been in the room with a person that snores? Not just any snore, but the kind of snore that rattles the walls? A common myth, Dr. Naveed Fazlani has found, is that snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. But Dr. Fazlani is quick to point out to his patients that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Conversely, he adds, not everyone who has sleep apnea snores.

The misconception stems from the fact that snoring is often the issue that brings a sleep apnea patient into the office for a sleep study, Dr. Naveed Fazlani states. In fact, bed partners are often the ones who uncover a patient’s sleep apnea, he has found, as patients often fall back to sleep so quickly after waking that they do not realize they have the sleep disorder. He explains that sleep apnea causes a patient to wake up multiple times throughout the night with an inability to breathe or a choking feeling. This may or may not be accompanied by snoring loud enough to be disruptive to a bed companion, Dr. Fazlani says.

In order to learn how to spot sleep apnea, Dr. Fazlani believes the first step is to understand what causes the condition. He explains that sleep apnea occurs when the individual’s airflow is obstructed by having a small upper airway. This causes the patient to wake up, catch his or her breath, then generally fall right back to sleep.  According to Dr. Naveed Fazlani, because many sufferers fall asleep so quickly, they often have no idea they woke up numerous times during the night.

If a patient lives alone or cohabitants are heavy sleepers, sleep apnea may go undetected. This can be dangerous, Dr. Naveed Fazlani says, as the breathing obstruction causes long-term health impairments in addition to the daily dangers of loss of sleep. According to Dr. Fazlani, health risks can include heart problems, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of stroke. He explains this is thought to be because of the changes in heart rate and blood pressure that occur during sleep.

Feeling fatigued during the day could be an indication that you have sleep apnea, adds Dr. Naveed Fazlani, although fatigue can be traced back to a number of other issues, as well. Other symptoms he has seen include morning headaches, a feeling of dry mouth, sore throat, and awakening frequently during the night to urinate. If you are aware of waking up during the night feeling as though you are choking, Dr. Fazlani warns, this is definitely something to discuss with your physician.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed with a simple sleep study and treatable without surgery, Dr. Naveed Fazlani says. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, Dr. Fazlani emphasizes the importance of contacting your medical professional as soon as possible for an appointment.

Dr. Naveed Fazlani is a founding partner of Midwest Medical Group, a practice that currently does a half a million dollars in outpatient revenue. A Cincinnati resident, Dr. Fazlani was named 2004 Physician of the Year by Mercy Hospital in Mt. Airy. For more information, visit

  1. Thank God for this article by Dr. Naveed Fazlani. I thought I have a sleep Sleep Apnea cause a snore like a pig. But I do not wake up multiple time at night Dr. Naveed Fazlani. Thanks for this valuable advice Dr. Naveed Fazlani.

    • @Elliz Altamira Glad you’ve learned that not all who snores has sleep apnea. “Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: How to Know if You Have Sleep Apnea” Thanks for visiting my blog. -Dr. Naveed Fazlani

  2. Hello Dr. Naveed Fazlani, this is one of the best article I’ve read about sleep apnea. I have a question for Dr. Naveed Fazlani. Does Weight issues causes sleep apnea? I hope I could get an answer from you Dr. Naveed Fazlani.

    • @Borgy “Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: How to Know if You Have Sleep Apnea” Weight gain. Excess pounds can bulk up tissues in and around the airway. -Dr. Naveed Fazlani

      • Hello Dr. Naveed Fazlani, what do you reccomend we should do when we sleep? Is there a bedtime tips you can share with us Dr. Naveed Fazlani? Thanks!. Really appreciate you help Dr. Naveed Fazlani.

      • @Borgy Sleep on your side. “Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: How to Know if You Have Sleep Apnea” Avoid sleeping on your back, as gravity makes it more likely for your tongue and soft tissues to drop and obstruct your airway. -Dr. Naveed Fazlani

  3. Hi Dr. Naveed Fazlani! My cousin has sleep apnea. One of his problems is, he’ll sit and talk to me, then a second later he’ll start snoring. Just like in the movies. I think that’s only a part of it. Good to know that it’s treatable without surgery. I’ll refer this article by Dr. Naveed Fazlani to him. Thanks Dr. Naveed Fazlani!

    • @Allen Thank you for your comment to the article “Advice from Dr. Naveed Fazlani: How to Know if You Have Sleep Apnea” There is a Self-help treatment options for sleep apnea such as Lose weight or Quit Smoking. -Dr. Naveed Fazlani

  4. Thanks for taking the time to discuss with us about sleep apnea Dr. Naveed Fazlani! I really appreciate it Dr. Naveed Fazlani. Such a great tips. Looking forward for more articles of Dr. Naveed Fazlani.

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