SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Apnea literally means “cessation of breath”. In other words, apnea is when you stop breathing. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is simply when your airway becomes obstructed during sleep, causing you to stop breathing. The human upper airway is surrounded by muscles. The largest of these muscles is the tongue. When we are awake we have tightness, or tonicity, in our upper airway muscles, but during sleep these muscles relax.
Recent studies have shown that 1 in 4 adults in the United States (31% of all men and 21% of all women over 18) are at “high risk” for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (based on analysis of the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America survey). It is estimated that the American public spends over $3 billion every year on the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea! This is a serious health issue affecting millions of Americans.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA) is a serious, life threatening disorder affecting over 18 million Americans. Research estimates that up to 9% of all adult males and 4% of all adult females suffer from sleep disordered breathing, yet fewer than 10% of the people with this disease have been diagnosed. The most recent studies have shown that 1 in 4 adults in the United States (31% of all men and 21% of all women over 18) are at “high risk” for OSA (based on analysis of the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America survey).
Waking up due to gasping or choking
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Nighttime grinding of teeth
Restless or unrefreshed sleep
Frequent waking during sleep
40% of adults over 40 snore (approx. 87 million Americans)
9% of men and 4% of women suffer from some form of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. (approx. 30 million Americans)
Less than 10% of OSA sufferers have been diagnosed (approximately 3 million Americans)
Of those diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, less than 25% have been successfully treated.
Increased risk of stroke
Increased high blood pressure
Increased incidence of atrial fibrillation
Increased risk of diabetes
Poor memory and other cognitive impairments
Male impotence and decreased sex drive
Headaches and migraines
Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents
Increase in Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children
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