Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep. Many who snore and suffer with sleepless nights may have obstructive sleep apnea and not even know it!
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops repeatedly during sleep, due to collapsing of the upper airway. When you don’t breathe, your body and brain do not get enough oxygen. Untreated sleep apnea may cause excessive stress on the heart, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke. And now, clinical studies show a link to diabetes and high glucose levels as well.
Fortunately, sleep apnea can be quickly diagnosed and effectively treated.
Possible treatments may include changes in sleeping position, dental appliances, or an overnight breathing system, called CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).
Do You Have a Sleep Problem?
Snoring may disturb the sleep of everyone in a household. People often blame aging, stress and busy schedules for daytime sleepiness. However, recurrent restless sleep is not normal, and should be discussed with your doctor.
The most common symptoms of people suffering from OSA are:
• Pauses in breathing at night
• Gasping/choking during sleep
• High blood pressure
• Large neck size
• Being overweight
An overnight sleep study conducted in your own bed quickly reveals if there is sleep apnea or not. Treatment can begin within a few weeks of diagnosis, allowing you to rediscover a good night’s sleep!
Several improved results may happen when OSA is treated:
• Refreshed sleep
• No more snoring
• More energy, less tiredness
• Less irritability
• Better quality of life
• No more morning headaches
• Reduced blood pressure
Over 75% of OSA cases remain undiagnosed. OSA affects men, women and some children, and the condition may run in families. Often, the bed partner recognizes the problem first. Untreated OSA may result in serious health and safety consequences.
• Up to 65% of people snore
• 9-24% of working adults have sleep-disordered breathing
• 48% of Type ll diabetics suffer with OSA
• 86% of overweight diabetics likely have OSA
• 37% of those with high blood pressure likely have OSA
• Sleepiness at work or while driving increases the risk of serious accidents
Where to Get Help?
RANA Respiratory Care Group specializes in diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. RANA’s team of doctors, dentists and therapists quickly respond to your doctor’s referral, guiding each patient from assessment to diagnosis, and ultimately to a customized treatment plan with lifetime support.
Every decision RANA makes puts the patient first – offering prompt service, professional advice and personalized solutions to improve quality of life. We truly care about our patients and are genuinely committed to making a difference.
Visit us at www.ranacaregroup.com/sleep, or call us toll free at 1.888.297.2882.