What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. It can cause loud snoring, fatigue, and other serious health problems.
What causes sleep apnea?
The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the narrowing or blockage of the airway due to excess tissue in the throat, such as enlarged tonsils or a large tongue. Other causes include obesity and certain medications or drugs that can relax your throat muscles.
Who is most at risk for sleep apnea?
Those who are overweight, have high blood pressure, a narrow airway, or are over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for sleep apnea.
Are there any treatments for sleep apnea?
Yes, there are various treatments available to manage and treat OSA depending on its severity. These include lifestyle changes such as weight loss and quitting smoking, CPAP therapy, and surgeries to widen the airway.
What is CPAP therapy?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a sleep apnea treatment that uses a special mask and machine to provide a steady flow of air into a person's airways during sleep, helping keep them open so that they can breathe normally.
Can sleep apnea be cured?
Sleep apnea is not curable, but it can be managed with lifestyle changes and treatments such as CPAP therapy. Additionally, some patients may choose to have surgery to correct any underlying conditions that are causing their sleep apnea.
Are there any long-term effects of sleep apnea?
Yes, if untreated, sleep apnea can have dangerous long-term health consequences such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and even death. It is important to seek medical treatment for sleep apnea if you suspect that you may be suffering from it.
What happens if I don't get treatment for sleep apnea?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause serious long-term health consequences and increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, and other serious medical conditions. It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have sleep apnea.
Is there a home test for sleep apnea?
Yes, we have home testing kits available that can help diagnose sleep apnea!
What other lifestyle changes can I make to help reduce my symptoms of sleep apnea?
Losing weight, avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills, quitting smoking, and regular exercise can all help reduce symptoms of sleep apnea. Additionally, some people may benefit from using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help them sleep better.