Sleep Apnea

Apnea means a total cessation of breathing and this happens only when one is sleeping. So a person with sleep apnea can stop breathing from 10 to 50 to even over 100 times every hour with each episode lasting anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds.

Using strict criteria, it is estimated that about 4% of men and 2% of women have this condition, but using looser criteria, it can be up to 25% in men and upto 10% in women. The scary statistic is that OSA is not diagnosed in about 80-90% of people who have it, so instead, they are being treated for the end result which can be diabetes, depression, high blood pressure etc. It is also significant that OSA happens in about 35% of chronic snores.

It is also important to note that you don't need to snore to have sleep apnea, as well.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms:

  • Snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness/falling asleep at the wheel
  • Chronic dependence on caffeine or energy drinks
  • Depression/irritability
  • Poor concentration/memory/focus problems
  • Morning headaches
  • Poor job performance/attention deficit disorder
  • Obesity

Diagnosing OSA
So how is OSA diagnosed? To diagnose OSA you should undergo a formal sleep study at the comfortable Eviva. The overnight test is easy and preliminary results for the test are available as soon as the following day. We analyze different parameters like breathing, heart rate, brain waves, limb movements etc. while you sleep. This way we can determine what is fragmenting your sleep.

Speech and OSA Diagnosis
If you’re human, and you can talk, then you’re susceptible to breathing problems at night, even if you don’t suffer from any apneas. The reason is that complex speech and language development unprotected our upper airways, and everyone’s tongue can fall back and obstruct your breathing at night, especially when you’re in deep sleep, due to muscle relaxation.

Associated Medical Conditions:

  • 50% greater incidence of high blood pressure (HTN)
  • 1½ times more likely to have heart disease
  • Diagnosed depression- 18 times more likely have OSA
  • Increased risk of Type II Diabetes

 

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