Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious and progressive disorder in which breathing is sporadically and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. This happens when the muscles in the back of the throat, including the tongue, fail to keep the airway open, despite attempts to breathe.
A person with mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea can stop breathing 50 times per night. In severe cases, the number can reach well over 600 times per night.
During the several seconds to potentially two minutes that the airway is blocked, the oxygen levels in the body (including the brain) decrease until it awakens the person just enough for them to catch their breath. After each event, the individual falls back into a deeper sleep until the next event occurs.
Because these events don’t cause one to completely wake up, most are unaware of the problem. Instead, patients may suffer from the medical problems and quality of life issues associated with this sleeping disorder breathing problem known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
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Easily Treatable, Yet Vastly Undiagnosed
More than 18 Million American Adults have Sleep Apnea. Due to the lack of awareness by the public and health care professionals, the vast majority of sleep apnea patients remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences.
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Signs/Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Waking up gasping for air
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Learning and memory difficulties
- Difficulty concentrating
- Grinding of teeth during sleep
- Restless or unrefreshed sleep
- Frequent waking during sleep