OSAThe American Sleep Apnea Association reports that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects 1 in 4 men and 1 in 9 women in the United States. Eighty percent to 90 percent of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) cases remain undiagnosed.

If left unattended and untreated, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is directly linked with an increased incidence of hypertension, stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmia, gastroesophageal reflux disease and memory loss.

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are also 10 times more likely to die from a motor vehicle accident because of impaired driving performance.

Different and specific types of medication has also been found to be a cause for occurrence of sleep apnea. Pain patients who require opiate medications for pain are at higher risk because of varying degrees of respiratory depression. The combination of obesity, depression and medication for chronic pain can result in some of the most severe cases.

obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) also affects productivity and jeopardizes workplace safety. A sleep study done in Australia in 2010 estimated the indirect costs of having sleep disorders to be around $3.1 billion in lost productivity to employers. The cost of work-related motor vehicle accidents associated with sleep disorders amounted to $517 million. Employers have a real economic interest in encouraging their employees to get tested and treated.

The most common technical solution involves the use of a breathing device that provides positive airway pressure and helps maintain a regular rhythm.

A good night’s sleep is one of the greatest gifts and pleasures of life. The ability to diagnose sleep apnea and provide equipment to manage the problem is an important part of the solution.

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