What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious health condition that affects between 20 and 25 million Americans. This is a stunning number, but the real problem is that approximately 95% of people who have treatable OSA are undiagnosed. This is because of two main problems; first, many people don’t know that they have the condition and second, many primary physicians do not take an active look at the conditions and therefore, do not identify the condition when patients report symptoms.
Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
There are many symptoms that can indicate if you have sleep apnea. Here are a few symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Loud, Irregular Snoring
- Snorts, Gasps and other Unusual Breathing during Sleep
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)
- Changes or loss in alertness, memory, personality or behavior
How to treat sleep apnea?
Contrary to popular belief, sleep apnea does not only affect morbidly obese people. People with normal body weight can also suffer from Sleep Apnea. Additionally, you do not have to have every symptom to have apnea. Some people present with few symptoms but can have the worst cases. Conversely, just because you might have many symptoms, it doesn’t mean you have sleep apnea. There are other sleep and breathing disorders that you may have, and the best way to determine what treatment is ideal for you is to have a Sleep Study done.