Sleep Apnea Learning Center

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Although sleep apnea is a common condition affecting millions of Americans, if left untreated, it can contribute to other more serious health issues. While most people have heard of this sleeping disorder, they are unaware of how life-threatening the ailment can be. If someone is concerned that they, or someone they know, might have sleep apnea, it is important to talk with their medical professional about a sleep apnea diagnosis.

The majority of people with sleep apnea have a chronic condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Apnea symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending upon a person’s underlying medical condition. While this condition cannot be self-diagnosed, individuals need to understand what obstructive sleep apnea is, what indicating symptoms of sleep apnea are, how a sleep apnea diagnosis can be validated, and how important professional treatment is for this disorder.

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Obstructive
Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that effects on average 25 million Americans annually. The symptoms range from mild to severe, and may critically affect quality of sleep.

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Sleep Apnea
Symptoms

Sleep apnea symptoms are differentiated into two categories, daytime sleep apnea symptoms and nighttime sleep apnea symptoms, and can affect both men and women.

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Sleep Apnea
Diagnosis

A physical exam and an extensive review of the patient’s medical history is needed for sleep apnea diagnosis. Often, an overnight stay at a sleep center will be needed.

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Sleep Apnea
Risks

Getting a good night’s sleep is necessary for both a person’s psychological and physical abilities. Continuous sleep cycle interruptions can contribute to dangerous long-term risks.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

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What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
There are a variety of signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea. Not everyone will experience all of the apnea symptoms, but there are several major symptoms that are associated with OSA. Some typical symptoms of sleep apnea are: loud, chronic snoring; daytime lack of concentration; morning headaches; frequent nighttime urination; irritable or depressed feelings; and waking up with a dry mouth.

How Is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
A doctor will refer a patient with apnea symptoms to a sleep study laboratory or clinic for a sleep apnea diagnosis. During an overnight study, the patient will be connected to several sensors and will be observed while sleeping by a medical professional. There will be a print out of the sleep apnea diagnosis that will be sent to the patient’s physician.

Is Treating Sleep Apnea Important?
Quality deep sleep refreshes the mind and body. If left untreated, lack of sleep due to apnea symptoms can lead to or worsen other mental and physical conditions such as: the risk of high blood pressure, a stroke, heart failure, or a heart attack; diabetes; obesity; daytime drowsiness, mood swings, or lack of concentration; and irregular heartbeats.

While sleep apnea is a serious condition, it can be managed with a long term treatment or therapy. Successful treatments range from lifestyle changes such as losing weight, stopping the use of tobacco, or restricting the use of alcohol before going to bed, to the use of oral dental sleep devices or continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machines.

What is OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a breathing disorder that occurs when someone is sleeping. The muscles in the mouth and throat relax to the point of collapsing inward towards the airway passage. This drastically reduces or cuts off the body’s ability to breath. When oxygen intake is reduced, the brain sends a signal to wake up and breathe.

One occurrence is called an episode, and a person with OSA can experience many such episodes throughout the night that can last anywhere from several seconds to one or more minutes at a time. Episodes often end with loud snoring sounds as breath returns to the airway passage.

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