Sleep Apnea: What Is It?
Sleep Apnea is a very common problem whereby a person?s breathing pauses during sleep. Breathing can also be shallow, or pause anywhere from seconds to a minute. The pauses can occur up to sixty times, or even more, each hour the person sleeps. Normal breathing resumes after a pause, often with a choking sound or loud snort as breathing resumes.
We call Sleep Apnea a ?chronic? condition because it seriously disrupts the quality of sleep. When breathing appears to stop or become shallow, the sleeper comes out of a deep sleep and moves to a light sleep. This results in very poor quality sleep, resulting in extreme tiredness during the daytime. In fact, Sleep Apnea is a main cause of extreme daytime sleepiness.
How common is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a common condition. According to the National Sleep Foundation, roughly 18 million American suffer from a form of Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea has a high prevalence among the general population, despite that 80% of people with this disorder are left undiagnosed. This is because many people suffering from Sleep Apnea are either unaware of their problem or neglect their condition and do not bother to complain whilst still facing the consequences of this disorder.
Who suffers from Sleep Apnea
Though believed to be a disorder of the general population, Sleep Apnea is seen more in overweight individuals. Nevertheless, it may also be seen in individuals of normal weight who have other anatomic findings. People who suffer from enlarged tonsils and adenoids, macroglossia (enlarged tongue) or abnormal positioning of the maxilla and mandible, are also prone to suffer from Sleep Apnea. Recent studies have shown that Sleep Apnea is also seen frequently in patients suffering from congestive heart failure. Alcohol use has also been documented as one of the risk factors for Sleep Apnea.
Does Sleep Apnea affect children??
Yes, Sleep Apnea may affect children as well. Many studies have been conducted by comparing different child age groups for the presence of this disorder. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids along with obesity are contributing factors to acquire Obstructive sleep apnea in children.
Does Sleep Apnea lead to other problems??
Besides badly altering the quality of life, Sleep Apnea gives rise to a number of moderate to severe medical conditions like Hypertension, Angina, Nocturnal cardiac arrhythmias, Myocardial infarction, Stroke, Emotional problems, Depression, Mood disorders, Poor memory, Irritability and motor vehicle accidents due to daytime drowsiness.
How do I know if I have?Sleep Apnea??
Symptoms range from snoring to high blood pressure. Fill out the form below and mark all that apply. If you’re at risk we will be in touch with you to schedule a consultation.