Obstructive Apnea
Nearly 20 Million Americans Affected

Obstructive apnea also called obstructive sleep apnea is responsible for many fatal accidents and irreversible health issues if left untreated. This serious sleep disorder affects nearly 20 million Americans annually.  

People have suffered this condition for years, but until recently it went on undetected. Fortunately, people are beginning to get treatment sooner as research and information on the different sleep apnea types, symptoms and solutions is more available.

Though there are three different sleep apnea types, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common. With untreated sleep apnea in all types, you risk many life threatening issues and even death. Therefore, it is best that you inform your doctor if you think you have even the slightest symptom of sleep apena.  

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Knowledge Can Save Lives

Discussing sleep apnea is becoming more common as more people take the time to discover more information. It is also good for people who are not experiencing signs of obstructive apnea to know the signs and symptoms.

Recognizing the symptoms in others can be a life saver, as sufferers are usually unaware of their symptoms while they are asleep. It's common for your sleep partner to notice your symptoms first.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your upper airway is obstructed and air is not able to make it through the throat passage and into the lungs. This causes you to stop breathing for a certain amount of time, many different times a night.

When you stop breathing, it prevents your body's ability to rejuvenate and deprives your brain of its needed oxygen.

What Obstructs My Airway to Cause Sleep Apnea?

There are many reasons why your upper airway can become obstructed. There are nasal issues where you may have a deviated septum or sinus issues that prevents you from breathing through your nose effectively.

Your tongue may be larger than normal and when you fall asleep, it blocks your throat and obstructs your breathing. In addition, you may have extra fat tissue in your neck that causes your upper airway to be obstructed when you lie down.

Susceptibility to major health issues, if obstructive sleep apnea goes undetected, include your heart, lungs, vascular and emotional stress. Testing for severity and symptoms you are experiencing is important for determining an effective sleep apnea treatment.

How Do I Know If I Have Obstructive Apnea?

You may have obstructive sleep apnea if you are experiencing exhaustion or excessive sleepiness during waking hours. You know that uncontrollable tendency to fall asleep at inappropriate times at work, or while driving?...even for a nano second.

Compared to past years there is now plenty of information available on sleep apnea and its different types and severities. Therefore, this once scary and undefined diagnosis is easier to find out about and to get answers for many options and your concerns.  

Do your research on obstructive sleep apnea syndrome then take medical action. You'll reclaim your vitality and avoid life threatening diseases ... and your thoughtful actions will greatly benefit your loved ones too.

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