Hypopnea syndrome is a common sleep disorder. It usually affects people who are overweight or who are genetically predisposed to it. We spoke to Clifton Hunt, M.D., a founder of Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers based in Wilmington, Delaware, for one approach to the medical problems you or your loved one may suffer from when trying to sleep.
If you think you might have hypopnea syndrome, use this as a reference point before getting personalized medical advice from your doctor or other accredited sleep expert. --Holly Quinn
Hypopnea syndrome is a feature of the better-known sleep disorder sleep apnea. A person with hypopnea has his airway partially blocked while sleeping, by genetics or weight, reducing oxygen intake. According to Dr. Hunt, hypopnea can cause or worsen heart disorders and strokes and is a treatable cause of dementia. People with hypopnea syndrome, Dr. Hunt explains, "will sometimes wake up gasping for air, make strange noises while they sleep and almost always snore."
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Clifton Hunt, M.D., is the medical director for the Stoney Batter Sleep Center in Pike Creek, Delaware, and is a founder of the Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers based in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Hunt is board certified in sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine.
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