Here’s the truth about sleep apnea:
- It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.
- 1 in 4 middle-aged men suffers from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
- 26% of people between 30 and 70 years old have sleep apnea.
- 2-3% of children have sleep apnea.
- 80% of individuals with moderate and severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) go undiagnosed.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes involuntary lapses in breathing while asleep. These abnormal lapses in breathing affect quality of sleep, and, due to a lack of oxygen circulating throughout the body, have the potential to lead to serious health consequences.
As one of the most common sleep disorders in the United States, sleep apnea can affect people of all ages (including children) and sexes (though it is more prevalent in men). According to Sleep Foundation, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects 2-9% of adults, and central sleep apnea (CSA) affects roughly .9% of adults aged over 40.
There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex sleep apnea syndrome:
- Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the disorder and has to do with relaxed muscles or tissues in the throat.
- Central sleep apnea happens when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome (otherwise known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea) takes place in someone with both central and obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring
The Mayo Clinic defines snoring as the harsh or hoarse sound resulting from air flowing past relaxed tissues in your throat, which causes the tissues to vibrate as you breathe.
Though everyone snores from time to time, loud snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, however, not everyone with sleep apnea snores. Other common symptoms and signs of sleep apnea include episodes where you stop breathing during your sleep (something that would be reported by another person), gasping for air during sleep, waking up with a dry mouth and/or morning headaches, insomnia (or difficulty staying asleep at night), hypersomnia (difficulty staying away during the day), irritability, and more.
Better Sleep, Better You
If you or someone you love suffer is currently suffering from untreated sleep apnea, then you know that every day has the potential to be a major struggle. You or your loved one may be irritable, filled with brain fog, or downright exhausted. The human body needs adequate, quality sleep in order to complete normal, everyday functions— not to mention to heal itself from sickness or infection. What’s more, sleep apnea can lead to serious health consequences when left untreated, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. it’s also highly likely your condition is affecting the ones you love and disrupting their ability to sleep through the night as well.
At-Home Sleep Study & CPAP-Free Treatment from Wellness & Surgery
Fortunately, we have tests and solutions for your sleep apnea concerns that don’t require overnight stays at a hospital or CPAP machinery. That’s right—no hospitals, no strange beds, no electrodes on your head, and no CPAP machines!
Wellness & Surgery’s At-Home Sleep Study service tests you for sleep apnea from the comfort of your own home, and the best part is it’s covered by insurance. What’s more, treatment consists of a personalized oral appliance that doesn’t include any CPAP machinery! If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, don’t ignore the signs. Learn more about comfortable, convenient at-home studies and solutions for snoring and sleep apnea from Wellness & Surgery.