Can sleeping actually make you MORE tired? For many patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they awake each morning thinking they had a full night’s rest, only to feel exhausted and unfocused day after day. This counterintuitive situation occurs because OSA sufferers may wake up dozens of times an hour or more each night without even realizing it due to pauses in breathing that can jolt a person out of sleep. The staggered breathing is the direct result of the airway collapsing or becoming blocked during sleep.
That was the case for Penn Medicine patient Daniel Sheiner. At 32, his exhaustion was starting to become an issue while he was at work. He would wake up each morning believing he had slept through the night, but never actually felt any of the restorative benefits. After seeking medical help and undergoing a sleep exam, doctors determined that he had a very severe case of OSA. After many failed attempts with standard front line therapies such as lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, and breathing devices, Daniel learned about a new surgical approach for OSA being pioneered at Penn Medicine.