Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
People with a soft palate, other abnormalities like the jaw, obesity or alcohol consumption are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. Did you know that approximately 2% of women and 4% of men with mild sleep apnea have difficulty breathing at least ten times an hour?
Additionally, the average time it takes to stop a breath is about 10 seconds. In more severe cases, it can take up to 60 seconds.
Sometimes, sleep apnea may be caused by external factors such as family problems, heart problems, or narcolepsy. It was also found partially or completely responsible for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
How is it diagnosed?
A sleep laboratory is used to evaluate sleep apnea. The patient is monitored closely by both a technician using visual instruments and other medical resources. This will verify the oxygen levels in the blood and the pattern of breathing as well the brain activity.
What are the options?
It depends on the severity of your sleep apnea. Some cases may need a combination of different treatments. There are many options for treatment: medications, relaxation, medication, quitting smoking, diet changes, quitting alcohol, and devices to prevent the patient from falling asleep on his back.
Is sleep apnea fatal?
Because sleep apnea is a serious condition, it can cause death. It can also affect other systems, such as the heart, brain, and heart.
While people over 65 years old or who are overweight are more likely to have sleep apnea, it can also affect children and infants as well. If you are unsure about a family member, friend, or yourself, consult a doctor. Sleep apnea can not only improve your quality of life, but it can also help you live a long, happy life.
Research into the relationship between sleep and neurological abilities has shown that people who have not slept for 24 hours or more have the same reactions and neurological capabilities as those with blood alcohol levels of.08%, which is the legal limit to drive a car. Untreated OSA stops an individual from reaching the REM sleep stage, which is when the body shuts down and recharges. Untreated OSA can cause cognitive impairments in an individual. modaheal is despite the fact that they may not be awake for 24 hours. As this continues night after night, it becomes more severe, resulting in less productivity and lower efficiency. Truck drivers suffering from untreated OSA will have to drive a truck weighing in at 80,000 pounds with reduced cognitive ability and speed. Feeling tired
It’s difficult to fall asleep
Get up with pain in your legs
Restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movements can cause pain in your legs. These conditions make it difficult to get good quality sleep at night. Doctors may prescribe medication to relax your leg muscles, making it easier to sleep well.
Benefits of Sleep Assistance
While the treatment options will vary depending upon your specific sleep problems, most patients will benefit from seeing a specialist in sleep disorders. Most patients are thrilled to have sought help for sleep disorders.
• Feel more rested, spend more time asleep than nights of sleepless nights.
* Feel more energetic during the day.
* You will have fewer problems staying awake during the day.
* * Patients who have sleep apnea treatment can breathe easier while they sleep, particularly if they are able to do so during the night.
Diane Kean joined SWENT’s Hearing Care Center at Southwestern Ear, Nose & Throat in October 2009. Before joining SWENT, Diane Kean managed an orthopaedic practice, was a human resources professional at Los Alamos National Laboratory, for Pillsbury and managed multiple departments at Bloomingdales at Mall of America in Minnesota.