52 Million Americans are at Risk
Are you one of them?
Sleep apnea does more than interrupt a good night’s sleep. It’s an insidious unrecognized chronic disease state that can lead to or exacerbate deadly medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and stroke. But it is treatable – and we can help.
Are You Suffering From Sleep Apnea?
Diagnosing this condition can be difficult – after all, it happens while you’re sleeping! This is why 4 out of 5 cases go undiagnosed. How do you know if you have it? There are many signs – including a consistent lack of energy and focus – but put simply, if you snore, you’re at risk. Take our quick risk test to learn more.
This condition robs you of a good night’s sleep – plus it negatively affects your overall health and well-being. You’ll likely experience:
- Feeling tired during the day
- Difficulty focusing at work
- Nervousness and irritability
- Shorter attention span
- Headaches in the morning
- Waking up with an extremely dry mouth or a sore throat
This condition can also lead to weight gain, along with chronic medical problems:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Even your overall sex drive can be affected.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
is the most common form, but others have Central/Mixed Sleep Apnea and Complex Sleep Apnea. Each poses a serious health risk, but can be treated. A different treatment is available for each type.
OSA occurs when the tongue, soft palate and uvula fall into the back of the throat. This blocks the airway, causing the person to stop breathing from 10 seconds to a full minute. This can happen hundreds of times every night. This condition can be classified as mild, moderate or severe, depending on how often breathing pauses occur. If breathing stops more than 30 times per hour, the condition is considered severe. As airflow becomes obstructed, blood oxygen levels normally decrease, signaling the brain to wake from sleep – though the person rarely regains full consciousness. These micro interruptions or arousals are generally so brief that the person may not even remember waking up. These sleep disruptions prevent a patient from ever reaching the deep levels of sleep necessary for the body to function normally.
Snoring is the primary symptom
Everyone snores from time to time. But they don’t all have sleep apnea. And yet, just about everyone who has sleep apnea snores. Snoring is the most noticeable symptom. The reality is, snoring should be taken seriously.
OSA causes the tongue, soft palate and uvula to fall onto the back of the throat, blocking airflow.
When air is partially inhibited, oxygen must squeeze through the narrow passage of the airway. This causes the soft palate and uvula to vibrate, producing the sound of snoring. A complete closure of the airway may result in the patient choking or gasping for air as they wake up. These frequent awakenings are often alarming to the individual and/or their bed partner.
Children and Infants
This condition can affect people of all ages, including adults, infants and children. Diagnosing young patients can be challenging, but there are key symptoms. Babies who cease breathing for 20 seconds or more, gasp, choke or turn blue while sleeping, potentially suffer from this condition. Premature babies – those born before 37 weeks of pregnancy – are more likely to develop it, but this can happen in any infant.
How is It Diagnosed?
In the past, patients had to go to an overnight sleep lab to be tested – and most still do. SleepQuest offers a home diagnostic sleep test, no matter where you live. This simple test is performed by the patient, using a portable device in the comfort of their own home and bed. We utilize board certified sleep physicians to interpret our sleep studies.
We also offer treatment for OSA, including a full range of OSA medical equipment. Our sleep experts will counsel you regularly to help you adapt to the equipment comfortably — so you get the restorative sleep your body needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you think you or a loved one might have sleep apnea, or you’ve been recently diagnosed with the condition, you probably have questions. Don’t worry – we have answers. Check out our FAQs to get the information you need to get yourself or a loved one started on the road to recovery.