Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

For over 20 million Americans, loud snoring may be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Occurring during normal sleep, OSA is defined as cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more, at a frequency of more than five times per hour. Disrupted breathing causes an imbalance in carbon dioxide and oxygen levels, and the brain wakes up the body to restart breathing.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs during sleep when the throat is blocked by one’s uvula, tonsils, tongue, or collapse of throat muscles. Sleep Apnea symptoms include early morning headaches, day time dozing and fatigue. Linked to a series of serious conditions including heart disease, hypertension and strokes, OSA should be evaluated by a physician certified in sleep medicine.

The Facts About Sleep Apnea

90% of people with sleep apnea remain undiagnosed and untreated

Risk of sleep apnea is 2-3 times greater in men than women

Risk of sleep apnea women greatly increases after menopause

Pregnancy may also be a time of particular risk for women

2 – 3 percent of all children have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

OSA causes carbon dioxide levels to increase and oxygen levels to decrease in the bloodstream, so the heart has to pump harder and faster to compensate for the lack of oxygen. The condition is linked to a series of serious conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, headaches, esophageal reflux, weight gain, Alzheimer’s, and general fatigue.

It is estimated that people with sleep apnea experience a 200% to 300% increase in one or more of these diseases. Life expectancy is shortened by an average of 5 to 7 years.

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