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Sleep Apnea News

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

OSA is a condition in which a person stops breathing repeatedly during sleep.

Breathing stops because the airway collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs.

Sleep Patterns are disrupted, resulting in excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day.

What cause the airway to collapse during sleep?

Extra tissue in the back of the airway such as large tonsils.

Decrease in the tone of the muscles holding the airway open.

The tongue falling back and closing off the airway.

How many people have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Four percent of middle-aged men and two percent of middle-age women have OSA.

Most OSA sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated.

OSA is as common as adult asthma.

What should you do if you suspect you may have OSA?

See your Doctor. Evaluation by a doctor specializing in sleep disorder is recommended.

Have a sleep study done.

What happens if OSA is not treated?

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Heart disease and heart attack

  • Stork

  • Fatigue-related motor vehicle and work accidents

  • Decreased quality of life

Signs and symptoms of OSA

  • Snoring, interrupted by pauses in breathing

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Gasping or choking during sleep

  • Restless sleep

  • Intellectual deterioration

  • Poor judgment/concentration

  • Irritability

  • Hypertension

  • Nocturnal angina

  • Depression

  • Obesity

  • Large Neck 

  • Oropharyngeal crowding

  • Nocturia or frequent urination at night

  • Morning headaches

     

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