Approximately 20 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that interrupts breathing during sleep and is usually marked by heavy snoring and gasping through the night and excessive tiredness during the day.
The good news is that sleep apnea is easily diagnosed and can be treated safely and effectively. Those who have been diagnosed and commit to therapy consistently sleep soundly, regain energy, and enjoy brighter days.
What causes it?
Airway collapse may be due things like decreased muscle tone in the area that holds the airway open, extra fleshy tissue in the airway, or a large tongue. As a result, air is prevented from getting into the lungs. These pauses in breathing can occur 30-or-more times every hour hour, robbing the brain and body of the precious oxygen that supports alertness, mental sharpness and energy during the day. And, left untreated, sleep apnea can put one at risk of developing a variety of serious health conditions.
Benefits of therapy include:
Increased energy and attentiveness
Lower blood pressure
Decreased risk of strokes and heart attacks
Increased effectiveness at home and at work
Improved overall quality of life