Sleep apnea impacts more than 936 million people worldwide — nearly 10 times greater than previous estimates.1Source: Benjafield AV et al. Estimation of the global prevalence and burden of obstructive sleep apnoea: A literature-based analysis. Vol 7:8; 687-98. Lancet Respir Med 2019
There are three main types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). When we sleep, the throat relaxes. For people with OSA, sometimes they relax so much that the airway becomes narrowed or blocked. As a result, air flow is reduced or completely stops flowing into the upper airway and the lungs, so the body doesn't get the oxygen it needs to function.
An apnea event is when air stops flowing to your lungs for ten seconds or longer, meaning you stop breathing.
Your brain sends a signal to your body to wake up and take a breath. You take a breath and fall back to sleep.
These apnea events can occur hundreds of times a night and many people with sleep apnea don’t know it's happening.
Effective sleep apnea therapy, which includes the use of CPAP equipment, has been shown to help ease common symptoms and improve energy levels, productivity and overall mind-body wellness. It's important to remember that if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to other serious health issues.
If you think you or a loved one has sleep apnea, follow these 6 steps:
Your doctor may recommend you schedule a sleep test to get a better idea of your snoring habits. It can be done in a sleep test clinic or in the comfort of your home.
Your doctor will review your sleep test results. If you're diagnosed with sleep apnea, they will write a prescription for CPAP therapy and equipment. Read on for treatment options and next steps.Explore options
Find a home medical equipment store near you or online and bring your prescription. Your CPAP mask is one of the most important parts of therapy, so research options before your visit.Explore CPAP Masks
There are three types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA) and mixed sleep apnea.Consult your doctor to find out if you have sleep apnea.
A sleep test performed by medical professionals is the best way to diagnose sleep apnea. The most common sign of sleep apnea is snoring. Depending on the type of sleep apnea you have, other symptoms can include:
It’s important to remember anyone can have sleep apnea – men, women and children. It is typically associated with:
Yes. While many people who have sleep apnea are overweight, others are quite fit. The natural shape and structure of your airway (your nose and throat) plays a big role in your chance of developing sleep apnea.
Many things can make us tired. Sometimes we just need to practice good sleep habits. If you feel extra tired in the morning, even though you thought you got a good night’s sleep, then you may have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Any problems with your sleep should be discussed with your doctor.
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