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Sleep Apnea Facts You Can Count On

CaringTimes Celebrate, Educate, Advocate. Sleep Apnea Facts You Can Count On Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. The condition is characterized by long pauses in breathing or shallow breathing while asleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur 30 times or more in an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. Left untreated, sleep apnea can become severe and cause health issues over time. 40% 74% of adults experience sleeping problems a few nights a week Men are 3X more likely to be affected by sleep apnea than women of adults receive The average adult needs 8 hours of less than 7 hours of sleep a night sleep each weeknight of Americans are suffering from Sleep Apnea That's roughly 18 MILLION people nationwide 6.62% (or 1 in every 15 people) 2-4% of Americans have undiagnosed Sleep Apnea That's roughly 10 MILLION people nationwide (or 1 in every 50 people) Over Did you know? 20% Sleep apnea occurs more often in adults over the age of 60 of all older adults are affected by sleep apnea Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the upper airway during sleep. 12 MILLION people are living with OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA Z. 70%, of people with OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA are overweight, however, it's not the sole cause behind sleep apnea. (blocked airway) Common Signs of Sleep Apnea *gasp!, YAWN! EXTREMELY ABRUPT AWAKENINGS LOUD SNORING EPISODES OF EXCESSIVE BREATHING CESSATION DAYTIME SLEEPINESS (Hypersomnia) MORNING HEADACHE ATTENTION PROBLEMS FOSUS DIFFICULTY AWAKENING WITH A DRY MOUTH OR SORE THROAT STAYING ASLEEP (Insomnia) Potential Risks of Sleep Apnea HEADACHES CARDIAC ARREST FALLING ASLEEP CARDIOVASCULAR DURING THE DAY DISEASE EXCESSIVE ATRIAL TIREDNESS FIBRILLATION WEIGHT GAIN STROKE ANXIETY DIABETES MEMORY HIGH BLOOD PROBLEMS PRESSURE Did you know? A study by the University of California San Francisco linked sleep apnea to an increased risk of dementia in elderly women, saying "can deprive the brain and other organs of the oxygen they need and, may, over time, trigger declines in cognitive ability." How to Treat Sleep Apnea MOUTHPIECES SURGERY LIFESTYLE CHANGES AND BREATHING AND MEDICAL DEVICES PROCEDURES · A custom-fit plastic mouthpiece made by the dentist adjusts the lower jaw and tongue to keep airways open while you sleep. • Surgery can be done to widen breathing passages. This procedure involves shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in the mouth and throat • Lose weight if overweight • Cut down on alcohol and avoid certain medications such as muscle relaxants and or resetting the lower jaw. sleeping pills A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device uses a mask that fits either over the • Sleep on your side Surgery to remove excess tissue is done in the hospital as an in-patient procedure. Throat pain may last for up to 2 weeks following surgery. • Use nasal sprays or allergy meds mouth and nose, or just the nose. Air blows into the throat helping keep the airway open while you sleep. This is terrific for people with severe sleep apnea symptoms. • Stop smoking cigarettes © 2014 Griswold International, LLC brought to you by O Griswold HOME CARE Call 1-800-GRISWOLD

Sleep Apnea Facts You Can Count On

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Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that pauses the breath of a person while they are asleep. The soft tissue at the back of the throat reclines and obstructs a person’s airway while they sleep. It a...




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