What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
In the U.S. approximately one out of five adults is suffering from OSA. This is a chronic condition that can cause individuals to stop breathing hundreds of times at 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 causes repeated breathing pauses which reduce oxygen levels. These breathing pauses are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
Some common signs of OSA include:
- Loud Snoring
- Choking sounds
- Daytime Sleepiness
- Drug-resistant Hypertension
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Grinding your teeth at night
Is treating OSA Important?
Yes – 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.