Sleep Apnea:Types,Symptoms and Treatments

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They often occur five to 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually cannot detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, there are no blood tests for the condition. Most people who have sleep apnea do not know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner may first notice the signs of sleep apnea.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This most often means that the airway has collapsed or is blocked during sleep. The blockage may cause shallow breathing or breathing pauses.

When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone. Read the rest of this entry

If you are suffering from sleep apnea disorder then you’re not breathing properly while you sleep because your airflow is blocked repeatedly throughout the night.

Nearly one in four men and one in ten women suffer from the sleep apnea disorder . There are three specific types of sleep apnea disorder but Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common among them. Among all of the sleep disorders, OSA goes hand-in-hand with type 2 diabetes.

In a survey on the subject it was revealed that the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has the strongest association with type 2 diabetes.” That’s even taking into account other risk factors, such as weight, sex and age. Read the rest of this entry

Older adults need about 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep, but for many reasons they may often be sleep deprived.  Sleep deprivation may be caused by day time napping, anxiety, sleep apnea, or movement disorders such as restless leg syndrome, medications, or dementia.

Risks of sleep deprivation include: a decreased ability to fight infection, heart disease (48% greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease), high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, an increase incidence of accidents, impairment of attention, judgment, and problem solving.  Lack of sleep contributes to depression, aging of the skin, anxiety, and weight gain. Sleep maybe the fountain of youth but unlike that elusive natural wonder, sleep can be found and embraced.

There are many ways to get better nights sleep.  Most important is to minimize sleep during the day. A short daytime nap may be beneficial but multiple naps or extended daytime sleeping affects the quality and quantity of the primary sleep period.  Developing habits around bedtime, the waking hour, regular exercise, and a relaxing bedtime routine, help to maximize sleep.  Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and  large quantities of liquids and food should also be avoided close

Safe sleep is just as important and good sleep.  When getting up in the middle of the night from a sound sleep, disorientation, low blood pressure or generalized weakness may develop. Stay safe at night by keeping a phone with emergency phone numbers close to the bed, having a nightlight in the bathroom, removing area rugs and getting up slowly to make sure strength and balance are present before walking.  Falls are the leading cause of injury related visits to the emergency room, most of them happening at night.

Get Your Custom Fit CPAP Mask

Does anybody make a custom mask? “One that doesn’t require two inches of rubber and sticks this far out from my face?”
Acurest–an Australian company that makes a custom fit CPAP masks called TrueFit–but there was a problem larger than Australia and Texas combined.
Medical Art Prosthetics in Dallas  creates a mold of face and it is then sent to Australia. It was perfect–so perfect that Acurest is now partnering with Medical Art Prosthetics to make the TrueFit mask easier to get. Acurest Managing Director  Scott Coulter said the TrueFit mask costs about $1,400.00 but is usually covered by insurance because it lasts three years–longer he says than standard masks. [ Read Complete Post … ]

A recent study with Harvard Medical School, including Dr. Atul Malhotra (Sleep Group Solutions leading Medical Advisor) and Shaquille O’Neal concluded in a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for the Celtics Center.

The Greek word apnea literally means without breath.  Common in athletes,  their large statures make breathing more difficult during sleep.  With Shaq weighing in at 325 pounds and reaching over 7 feet in height, it’s no wonder this superstar athlete snores and fights for breath during sleep.  “It usually happens when he’s on his back.”  confesses girlfriend Nikki “Hoopz” Alexander on Shaqs snoring, and sleep apnea.  Hoopz went on to discuss the severity of Shaqs’ snoring and apnea, in an article published by Yahoo! Sports on May 21st.    Read the rest of this entry

Sleep disturbances occur with increased frequency in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) compared with the general population. These encompass sleep apnea syndromes, post-traumatic hypersomnia, insomnia, and related conditions. Poor sleep can have adverse impacts on cognition, attention, and judgment. In those with TBI, disrupted sleep has been shown to impair rehabilitation efforts and progression, and is associated with diminished quality of life measures. The current military conflicts in the Middle East have focused renewed attention on this topic, because many military veterans are affected by TBI. Given the youth of this demographic, management of TBI will be an ongoing challenge for the healthcare community for years to come. Read the rest of this entry

Snoring is one of the most common and debilitating problems, affecting one out of ever four people.  It can be a sign of sleep apnea, in which obstruction in the airway causes a person to temporarily stop breathing hundreds of times a night.  Sleep Apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, weight gain, memory problems, and even car accidents due to drowsy driving.

There are many approaches to snoring cessation.  The C-Pap mask forces extra oxygen into the lungs during sleep, and is often prescribed to those with severe sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

Canada, like many other nations around the world, has a tremendous growth in the number of obese people. Currently, 59 per cent of Canadians are either overweight or obese and that is a much too high percentage for our supposedly healthy society. What’s even worse is that we are letting many of our adolescent communities reach this point of being overweight, or even obese.

Currently, a whooping 26 per cent of Canadian children from the ages or 2 to 17 years old are either overweight or obese. The rate of these obese children has almost tripled in the past 25 years. This clearly shows that we are doing something wrong to help create a healthier and happier life for our future teenagers and adults. Read the rest of this entry

ResMed’s New iPhone Sleep Assessment App

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ SAN DIEGO, May 24, 2011 /- ResMed today released the ResMed Sleep Assessment app, a novel new app for iPhone that lets users record themselves during sleep. The app also includes a clinically validated questionnaire that assesses their risk and other helpful features to empower users to discuss their sleep health with their physician.

Excessive tiredness may be due to sleep apnea

Feeling excessively tired or fatigued is often the result of disrupted, unhealthy sleep. Numerous factors can lead to poor quality sleep, some of which have significant negative health effects. One possible cause of fatigue is sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder. People with sleep apnea report feeling like they’re living in a fog, and that no matter how much they sleep they still feel exhausted.

Sleep apnea is a serious health condition in which a person stops breathing temporarily during sleep. After several seconds, the brain triggers a wake-up response, causing the person to awaken gasping. These events may happen hundreds of times per night, though the sleeper usually won’t remember waking up. Often a spouse or partner will notice that the person snores loudly during sleep.

Sleep apnea affects approximately one in five U.S. adults, although it is estimated that as many as 80% of sleep apnea sufferers are undiagnosed and untreated. A known cause of hypertension, untreated sleep apnea has also been linked with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression and stroke. Read the rest of this entry

A study in the journal Heart Rhythm has found that patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators who had sleep-disordered breathing were at significantly higher risk for ventricular arrhythmias compared vs. those without sleep-disordered breathing.

The prospective study involved 45 patients with an ICD who were enrolled from August 2007 to March 2009. Twenty-six of these patients had sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), defined as an apnea-hypopnea index of morethan 10 events per hour as determined by an overnight sleep study. The current study’s primary endpoint was appropriate ICD therapy during a 1-year follow-up.

During this time, 62% of patients had one or more episodes of ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. Read the rest of this entry

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