Are you tired of feeling tired after a night’s sleep? Perhaps you didn’t get as good of a night’s sleep as you thought.

Our team at UAB Medical West wants to help you get to the root of the problem so that you can start obtaining a good night’s sleep and conquering the day every day!  

What is Sleep Apnea?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 40 million Americans are diagnosed with a chronic, long-term sleep disorder every year. Fortunately, by noticing signs of sleep issues as soon as possible, you can seek treatment so that you can start getting the sleep you need at night.


You might be suffering from a sleep disorder if:


  • You have a lack of energy.

  • You are extremely sleepy throughout the day.
  • You have trouble concentrating.
  • You are moody, including being irritable and having aggression.
  • You don’t feel refreshed in the morning.

While a poor night’s sleep can happen to anyone, if you are experiencing these aforementioned symptoms more often than not, you might be suffering from a sleep disorder. Fortunately, there is help available if you do suffer from a sleep disorder so that you can start regaining your quality of life sooner rather than later.

Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

Currently, there are more than 80 different types of sleep disorders. However, one of the most common (and important) sleep disorder is sleep apnea.

The American Sleep Apnea Association states that around 22 million people living in the United States suffer from sleep apnea.


Symptoms of the sleep disorder include:


  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
  • Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headache
  • Waking up gasping for air or choking throughout the night

It is important to seek medical care for sleep apnea as soon as possible, especially since the sleep disorder affects more than just your quality of sleep at night. In fact, sleep apnea can put you at risk for a number of other health conditions, including:


  • Atrial fibrillation

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

If you think you might exhibit symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to talk to your physician who can recommend you undergo a sleep study to see what your lack of sleep at night might be caused by, such as sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder.

Help Is Here at UAB Medical West

The knowledgeable and professional team at UAB Medical West Sleep Disorders Center is here to help you receive a diagnosis and treatment plan for your sleep disorder. From our state-of-the-art equipment to our cozy, comfortable sleep suites, you can rest assured you are in the best of hands when trying to get to the source of your sleep problem.


Do you think you might be suffering from a sleep disorder like sleep apnea? The medical team at UAB Medical West in Bessemer, AL, is here to help.

Make an appointment at UAB Medical West today by calling 285-481-7000. We are here to serve the communities of Hoover, Bessemer, McCalla, and Vance.