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What is Sleep Apnea? Understanding the Condition

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Tired of Poor Sleep Running Your Life?

Sleep apnea affects millions of people worldwide and can have serious consequences if left untreated. It disrupts sleep, causing loud snoring, choking, or gasping for air during sleep.

Over 30 Million Americans are living with Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea

At Sleep+Rescue, our mission is to give you a better night’s rest. It all starts by understanding this dangerous condition, the underlying symptoms, and how your airways may be limiting your ability to get the rest you deserve.

How Sleep Apnea Affects You

Daytime Sleepiness & Fatigue

Are you struggling to get through your day without an afternoon coffee or feeling exhausted? The most immediate and noticable symptom of undiagnosed sleep apnea is the inability to feel well rested and energetic.

Increased Cardiovascular Stress

Undiagnosed sleep apnea can put excessive stress on your cardiovascular system. Sleep apnea increases your likelihood of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and more. 

Other Risk Factors

Untreated sleep apnea can also affect your ability to think clearly due to sleep deprivation. This means constant brain fog, an increased risk of accidents behind the wheel, and even intimacy issues for both men and women!

Sleep Apnea Education

In short, sleep apnea is when breathing while sleeping stops and restarts many times while you’re asleep. This causes a shortage of oxygen to your body, resulting in many adverse affects.

There are two primary types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea (CSA) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Central Sleep Apnea is a neurological condition where the brain does not send signals indicating it is time to breathe while you’re sleeping.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. Patients suffering from OSA are making an effort to breathe, but the effort is blocked by an obstruction. Any factors that may narrow your airways can result in sleep apnea. This includes snoring, obesity, large tonsils, and more. Non-physical factors such as stress, alcohol consumption, and smoking are also key factors in developing OSA.

Most OSA patients also have related underlying medical and dental conditions such as TMJ, acid reflux, and teeth grinding. Sleep+Rescue takes a holistic approach to your treatment plan and can tailor a custom plan to your individual needs that may combine our Oral Device Therapy with additional treatment.

 

Common Factors Leading to Sleep Apnea

There are many common factors that indicate a likelihood of an underlying obstructive sleep apnea condition. These factors, in combination with existing medical conditions like high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and sedative lifestyles have led to an approximate 30 million Americans living with undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea.

Obesity

Excess weight can cause fat deposits around the neck and throat, which can narrow the airway and increase the likelihood of obstruction during sleep.

Age & Gender

Sleep apnea becomes more common as people age. Loss of muscle tone leads to a relaxation of the throat muscles naturally during the aging process. Men are more likely to develop sleep apnea than women, although the risk for women post-menopause increases.

Lifestyle Factors

Consuming alcohol or sedative medications makes your airway more prone to collapse during sleep. Smokers are also at a higher risk due to increased inflamation and fluid retention in the upper airways.

Nasal & Anatomical Factors

Patients with chronic congestion due to allergies, sinus problems, or structural abnormalities can make it more difficult to breate at night and lead to mouth breathing which worsens apnea.

Certain physical characteristics such as enlarged tonsils, deviated septums, and large tongues can also contribute to airway blockages.

Get Started with an At-Home Sleep Test Today!