More About Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea is a sleep condition in which the patient’s breath starts and stops repeatedly. Some patients stop breathing even for up to 15 seconds or more which can have serious repercussions upon general health.
According to clinical findings, if sleep apnea is not treated properly, the patient can stop breathing even hundreds of times during one single night. Generally, a sleep test will be required and then the physician will be able to prescribe the right type of CPAP therapy which is
required to alleviate the discomforting symptoms.
An APAP, CPAP or BiLevel device is typically used in treating Sleep Apnea patients. These devices
maintain the upper airways open during sleep and thus breathing is not obstructed in any way. The lungs of the patient receive enough oxygen, and he is able to breathe at normal rates all throughout the night.
At SleepRestfully we invite you to start browsing through the rich informational and educational resources on Sleep Apnea, its effects and the possible treatment options. We have on stock hundreds of different CPAP, BiPap and APAP devices coming from brand names such as Philips
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Sleep Apnea major risk factors include:
- males are most exposed to developing the condition than females
- overweight/obese patients
- people over the age of 40
- people with larger neck sizes- such as 17inches + in males and 16 inches+ in females
- sleep apnea family history also plays an important role
- a history of GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder)
- sinus complications, certain allergies
- a deviated septum that has not been treated surgically
Patients with Sleep Apnea will stop breathing for several seconds at once, and they can encounter tens or even hundreds of such episodes during the night. As a result, the patient feels that sleep is not refreshing at all and struggles with daytime sleepiness and constant feelings of fatigue during the day.
A Sleep Apnea patient also finds it extremely difficult to concentrate on regular tasks during the day (going to work, performing well at work, driving, or performing tasks which would be otherwise non-complex such as cooking).
A Sleep Test is indicated in case you struggle with symptoms of Sleep Apnea. During this test the
experts will record the important body functions during sleep, analyze the data and if sleep apnea is the diagnosis proper course of treatment will be prescribed.
! Proper treatment for Sleep Apnea is extremely important because if untreated it can even lead to severe depression.
If Sleep Apnea is left untreated the patient is exposed to plenty of health risks such as:
- High blood pressure complications. In fact, it has been clinically proven that the regular use of a CPAP machine in the case of Sleep Apnea patients helps reducing blood pressure
- Greater risk for heart failure, heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats), heart attack or stroke
- Greater risk for developing diabetes and depression