Sleep apnea, a disorder wherein an individual's breathing recurrently starts and stops, impacts an estimated 22 million Americans. Shockingly, approximately 80% of those affected have moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea and are undiagnosed. Given these statistics, it's alarming to know that sleep apnea can trigger side effects that can cause harm to a critical organ in your body: the brain.
What is Sleep Apnea
There are three types of sleep apnea. (1) Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep. This blockage greatly reduces or completely stops airflow, and is usually accompanied by loud snoring.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Before exploring the signs of sleep apnea, let’s first define the meaning of the disorder. According to The National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea is defined as “a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep.”
The Rise of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatments
Chances are, you have a “famous” snorer in your family – a father, grandfather, husband, brother – whose sleep-time perturbations shake the whole house. Maybe you are the famous snorer.
Your sleep does not have to be a mystery. A sleep study is a reliable, scientific, and painless way to find out why you don't sleep as well as you would like. It gives you valuable insight into the process of how you sleep. But it doesn't just give you understanding. It can also provide you with answers. With the results, a sleep specialist will be able to develop a plan of treatment to help you finally get the kind of sleep you want and need.
We are so excited to let you know about the latest technology for people with sleep apnea. Ultra-portable, compact, seamlessly integrated and superior quality are just a few of the adjectives used to describe the NEW DreamStation Go by Philips. Anchorage Sleep Center is proud to introduce you to a new portable CPAP machine which delivers on all of the features sleep apnea patients desire in a unit. The just released Philips DreamStation Go hits the sweet spot – size and portability with all the functionality necessary for uncompromised results. Here are some reasons the DreamStation Go is expected to be a big hit with individuals in therapy for sleep apnea.
The holiday season has arrived! Not only should you be excited, but there is so much to look forward to. Time with family and friends, shopping and traveling are all many things that we take part in during the holiday season. However, for patients with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), going untreated while traveling can put them in line for serious health consequences, not to mention limiting the enjoyment of their trip. And, let’s face it, sleep apnea doesn’t take a holiday but here are a few quick tips to make traveling with sleep apnea a little less cumbersome.
It’s not surprising that the week of Thanksgiving was chosen as GERD awareness week, especially with our tendency to indulge in a little too much of everything! GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a common disease that affects millions of Americans.
People with high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes should be screened for sleep apnea, according to recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The treat crazed celebration has past and now we are all resetting until the next self indulgent holiday. During this time we can focus on an important month ahead. November is American Diabetes Month.