What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
In the U.S., approximately one out of five adults suffer from OSA. This is a chronic condition that can cause individuals to stop breathing hundreds of times during the night, ranging from a few seconds to more than a minute. OSA occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. This results in repeated breathing pauses that reduce oxygen levels. These breathing pauses can often cause people to wake, disturbing their sleep.
Some common signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Atrial fibrillation
- Choking sounds
- Daytime sleepiness
- Drug-resistant hypertension
- Grinding your teeth at night
Is treating OSA Important?
Absolutely — when your airway is obstructed, your body has to choose between oxygen or sleep, and it will always choose oxygen. When left untreated, OSA contributes to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, acid reflux, ED, extreme fatigue, and even death.