The word apnea literally means “without breath.” Statistics indicate that more than 18 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder. Common symptoms may include chronic snoring, walking up abruptly to the sensation of choking and/or gasping, excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue, dry mouth, morning headaches and/or irritability. It is extremely difficult to get a restful night of sleep when you are gasping for air.
People with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night. Despite the high prevalence of this disease, many people do not seek medical care. In part because the sleeper may be unaware of these breath stoppages or perhaps due to the mistaken belief that those who suffer snore. While chronic snoring is a strong indicator of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it is important to know that just because you or your partner snores at night does not automatically equal apnea. In fact, a number of apnea patients don’t snore at all.
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If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms, this seminar is for you. Topics will include an overview of the types of apnea, but will focus specifically on obstructive sleep apnea. It will also cover when to seek medical care, risk factors, symptoms, diagnostic testing, long-term effects as well as treatment options. One of the more common methods used to diagnose sleep apnea is a sleep study so there will be a conversation about that diagnostic tool and well as lifestyle changes that can help mitigate symptoms.
Untreated sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments. Many individuals continue to struggle with the ill effects and health concerns that often come hand in hand with poor sleep and inconsistent breathing.