Severity of Sleep Apnea

Understanding the Severity of Sleep Apnea


Sleep apnea can affect people with varying severity. Mild sleep apnea is when the patient has between 5 and 15 events per hour. Symptoms of mild sleep apnea can include irritability, fatigue and morning headaches. Severe sleep apnea is when a patient has over 30 events per hour. Symptoms of severe sleep apnea can include excessive fatigue, weight gain and depression. Both mild and severe sleep apnea can be treated with CPAP, which is 100% effective when provided by professionals who fit patients with the correct mask and device.

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A mild sleep apnea is when somebody's index or the number of events per hour, are between 5 and 15 events, per hour. Somebody with mild sleep apnea is considered to be sleep deprived, but the treatments are different, than for somebody that has more moderate to severe. Symptoms of mild sleep apnea might be irritability, might be you're feeling you don't get restorative sleep. You might be on hypertensive high blood pressure medicine. You might wake up with morning headaches. If you have some of these symptoms, and you speak to your doctor, then you can do an in-home, diagnostic sleep study, and you need a prescription. A high percentage of the population snores. And all snorers don't necessarily have sleep apnea. And you don't need to snore to have sleep apnea. I don't snore, as an example, and I have sleep apnea. So, for the patients that do snore, it's important to differentiate social snoring, which is snoring without Apnea, and having mild sleep apnea. So that's why you need to do the diagnostic test. So, moderate sleep apnea is when a patient, roughly, their index is between 15 events per hour, and 30 events per hour. And 30 events per hour is waking up every two minutes. So, you're going to wake up. If you do 30 an hour, that's 200 times, if you sleep six and a half hours. So you get up more tired, than when you went to bed. People develop all sorts of health conditions. So, it's making the heart work harder. It causes hypertension, headaches. It effects the amount of oxygen that you're getting in your brain. Daytime fatigue is probably the worst. And then, snoring is such an annoyance for the bed partner. So, if you can take care of those four symptoms, your life changes quite a bit. Severe sleep apnea is when a patient has an index or the number of events per hour, of over 30 events per hour. So, for instance, if somebody has 60 events per hour, that means, once a minute, they're waking up. And for, at least, ten seconds. So, that's why those people wake up the next morning, much more tired than when they went to bed. It can lead to depression, because it puts you on a downward, vicious cycle, where your metabolism slightly suffers. So you tend to be much more sedentary, so you don't move as much. So you don't exercise as much. You tend to gain weight. Moderate and severe sleep apnea are both treated with CPAP. Again, it's 100 percent effective. If the provider can get you into the right mask, and the right device, it's going to work, and you're working with the right people that have a lot of knowledge in this area.


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