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Sleep Apnea


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Sleep Apnea

  1. 1. The average adult needs 8 hours of sleep a night of adults receive less than 7 hours of sleep each weeknight of adults experience sleeping problems a few nights a week Men are 3X more likely to be affected by sleep apnea than women 12 MILLION people are living with OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. The condition is characterized by long pauses in breathing or shallow breathing while asleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur 30 times or more in an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. Left untreated, sleep apnea can become severe and cause health issues over time. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks the upper airway during sleep. of Americans are suffering from Sleep Apnea That’s roughly 18 MILLION people nationwide 6.62%(or 1 in every 15 people) 40% 74% 20%of all older adults are affected by sleep apnea Over of Americans have undiagnosed Sleep Apnea That’s roughly 10 MILLION people nationwide 2-4%(or 1 in every 50 people) Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) (blocked airway) How to Treat Sleep Apnea MOUTHPIECES AND BREATHING DEVICES SURGERY AND MEDICAL PROCEDURES LIFESTYLE CHANGES of people with OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA are overweight, however, it’s not the sole cause behind sleep apnea. 70% Sleep apnea occurs more often in adults over the age of 60 Did you know? Common Signs of Sleep Apnea Potential Risks of Sleep Apnea EXTREMELY LOUD SNORING EPISODES OF BREATHING CESSATION EXCESSIVE DAYTIME SLEEPINESS (Hypersomnia) ABRUPT AWAKENINGS DIFFICULTY STAYING ASLEEP (Insomnia) MORNING HEADACHE AWAKENING WITH A DRY MOUTH OR SORE THROAT ATTENTION PROBLEMS ATRIAL FIBRILLATION HEADACHES WEIGHT GAIN EXCESSIVE TIREDNESS FALLING ASLEEP DURING THE DAY ANXIETY MEMORY PROBLEMS DIABETES CARDIAC ARREST HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE STROKE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE • Lose weight if overweight • Cut down on alcohol and avoid certain medications such as muscle relaxants and sleeping pills • Sleep on your side • Use nasal sprays or allergy meds • Stop smoking cigarettes • A custom-fit plastic mouthpiece made by the dentist adjusts the lower jaw and tongue to keep airways open while you sleep. • A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device uses a mask that fits either over the mouth and nose, or just the nose. Air blows into the throat helping keep the airway open while you sleep. This is terrific for people with severe sleep apnea symptoms. • Surgery can be done to widen breathing passages. This procedure involves shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in the mouth and throat or resetting the lower jaw. • Surgery to remove excess tissue is done in the hospital as an in-patient procedure. Throat pain may last for up to 2 weeks following surgery. A study by the University of California San Francisco linked sleep apnea to an increased risk of dementia in elderly women, saying “can deprive the brain and other organs of the oxygen they need and, may, over time, trigger declines in cognitive ability.” Did you know? CaringTimes Celebrate, Educate, Advocate. brought to you by Call 1-800-GRISWOLD © 2014 Griswold International, LLC