OSA is a partial or complete collapse of the upper airway that causes muscles controlling the soft palate and tongue to relax. This collapse causes the airflow to your lungs to stop or decrease, causing stress to your heart and interrupted sleeping patterns.
Sleep apnea is a common risk factor in high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression. By ignoring the signs and not being tested, you are putting yourself at risk for all of these conditions. Also, did you know that a person with sleep apnea is SEVEN times more likely to have a car accident? Completing your sleep test, getting diagnosed, and receiving sleep therapy can improve your health and lower your risk for other chronic diseases.
Sleep apnea can be treated without drugs or surgery. Upon diagnosis, you will be prescribed a a bedside device called a CPAP machine, which stands for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure”. This device delivers pressurized air through a small mask or nasal pillow system, keeping your upper respiratory airway open, reducing the stress to your heart, and allowing you to get a good night’s sleep.