What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Dr. Greg Larson, San Francisco, CA
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition characterized by awakening at night because of abnormal
breathing while sleeping. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you will have episodes where you
stop breathing causing low oxygen levels. As a result, people experience daytime sleepiness and
morning headaches and potential cardiovascular complications.
Sleep apnea headaches feature one or more of the following:
Headaches that occur more than 15 times a month, commonly occurring in the morning.
Headaches that occur on both sides of the head but nausea and sensitivity to sound are not
The reason behind a sleep apnea headache is not well understood. The headache could be from
low oxygen levels that occur night after night. Treatment of a sleep apnea headache means
treating the primary disorder, obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is usually treated with a
variety of interventions including weight loss, a CPAP machine, upper airway surgery, and treatment of
The first line of defense for this condition as described by the AASM- American Academy for Sleep
Medicine is a mandibular advancement oral appliance, that Dr. Larson provides for his Sleep Apnea
Please speak with your doctor if you believe you suffer from sleep apnea. There are effective
therapies for morning headaches and sleep apnea. You will find improved health with treatment.