Sleep Apnea: Wake up to Sleep…Sleep to LiveheadingContent

Posted on May 31, 2016


sleeping man snoring and woman with pillow wrapped around head upsetDo you have problems sleeping? Do you Snore? Do you wake up unrefreshed? Are you sleepy during the day? Do you drink coffee to stay awake and energetic?

If you answered yes to these questions you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep Apnea is the most common neurological disease, it affects 26 percent of Americans over the age of 30.

Sleep apnea is more common than migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease combined. In fact, OSA may result in those diseases in addition to other diseases if not treated. OSA is a medical condition in which the person pauses or has shallow breathing during sleep due to upper airway obstruction which leads to low oxygen, high blood pressure and fast heart rate, putting a strain on vital organs, including the heart and brain.

Untreated OSA may cause:clock facing and woman in background not sleeping

  • Hypertension (HTN)
  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Weight gain
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Headache
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Death

Most people who have OSA are not aware they have it. It is estimated that 85 percent of OSA’s are not diagnosed and if left undiagnosed and untreated, it may lead to serious health complications.

To recognize symptoms of a person who may have OSA, use the acronym – “I Snore”:

I: Insomnia
S: Snoring
N: Not breathing during sleep
O: Obesity
R: Non-Refreshing sleep
E: Excessive daytime sleepiness

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may have sleep apnea. To make the diagnosis, a sleep study should be completed in a certified sleep lab and the results should then be read by a sleep physician.  Once the diagnosis is made, a continuous positive airway pressure device CPAP will be prescribed which is very effective in controlling OSA. The CPAP system is proven to improve quality of life and reduces the risk of potential complications.