There are three types of sleep apnea. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Described as a short cessation or stopping of respiration during sleep, sleep apnea affects over twelve million Americans. It is as common as adult diabetes, according to the National Institute of Health.
Obstructive sleep apnea is usually caused when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep, creating a blockage of the airway, and a cessation in breathing. These short stops in breathing can happen up to 400 times each night. The vast majority of obstructive sleep apnea sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated, despite the fact that sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can have significant consequences.
Some of the more serious manifestations of OSA are:
- weight gain
- morning headaches
- attention deficit
- poor memory
- increased sick time
- poor job performance
- decreased interest in sex
- heart disease
- accidents on the job site
- accidents while driving
OSA is directly associated with heart diseases:
- congestive heart failure
- pulmonary hypertension
- cardiac arrhythmia
- ischemic heart disease
It is estimated that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be responsible for 38,000 cardiovascular deaths per year in the United States, and that as many as 95% of OSA sufferers may be undiagnosed.
Sometimes obstructive sleep apnea is hard to diagnose by the sufferer, because some of the symptoms happen while you are sleeping. Your sleeping partner may notice it first, by noticing heavy snoring or long pauses in your breathing during sleep.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances for the treatment of patients suffering from snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.
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