Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OSA-Obstructive Sleep Apnea is quite a serious condition which can even become fatal to the patient if proper treatment is not implemented. The exact cause of OSA is yet to be determined on a scientific and medical level, but the fact is that quite a big percentage of the world’s adult population suffers from sleep apnea of a certain extent.
Translated literally “apnea” means “cessation of breath”. Patients with sleep apnea experience a shallow breath and it can easily happen that they stop breathing for even up to 15 seconds or more during sleep. The cessation of breathing can have very serious repercussions upon the human system, and if apnea lasts for too long it can permanently damage the brain and other major organs.
When the upper airways are repeatedly blocked and air cannot pass correctly through for normal breathing rates, the physician will prescribe the use of a CPAP.
CPAP machines important tips
- The device takes ambient air and passes it through special filters to create therapeutic quality pressure for the patient to breathe in
- The CPAP Pressure is supplied through flexible tubing that is attached to the CPAP machine and into the nostrils/mouth of the patient through a special CPAP mask
- Patients with extremely severe pulmonary disease or lung cancer may require supplemental oxygen therapy. In such cases, an oxygen system is attached to the CPAP machine via a special bleed in adaptor
- The most important fact to keep in mind when purchasing CPAP machines is to select the best fitting mask. The CPAP mask must offer perfect seal to prevent mask leaks and to provide patients with comfortable CPAP therapy. There are many types of masks available such as nasal CPAP masks, nasal pillow masks, or full face masks
SleepRestfully provides patients with rich, informational resources for all major breathing/pulmonary conditions and a wide variety of aiding treatment devices – CPAP machines, APAP machines, BiPAP or POC devices.
Patients are also welcome to contact the friendly and highly experienced team of professionals at customer service for assistance in selecting the right type of CPAP therapy device that will help them receive proper treatment.
*Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms*
- Chronic morning headaches
- Sore throat
- Dry mouth syndrome
- Snoring & restlessness during sleep
- Patients can be awakened suddenly by a sensation of choking
- Daytime sleepiness & chronic fatigue
- The inability to focus on regular tasks during the day
Most often, the bed partners are the ones who will notice their partner has sleep problems. Many OSA patients do not have particular complaints, they just notice they have a difficulty getting out of the bed or experience headaches in the morning, but cannot figure out the causes for such discomfort.
*Obstructive Sleep Apnea Statistical Data*
- Well over 12 million Americans struggle with obstructive sleep apnea
- Patients with serious underlying conditions are most likely to develop the condition. These include heart patients, diabetes sufferers and obese people
- Major risk factors for developing sleep apnea include smoking, alcohol consumption & high blood pressure