Sleep apnea: from symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common and very serious sleep disorder that affects the lives and health of people all over the world. It is common for people to have sleep apnea and not know it. If you are diagnosed with the condition, getting effective treatment should improve your daily life. VitalAire guides you in every step of the way to get the most out of your CPAP therapy and return to quality living.
What is sleep apnea?
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is an involuntary pause during sleep lasting 10 seconds or more. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep disorder, being caused by an obstruction of the airways that happens due to excessive relaxation of the tongue and other muscles in the throat region during sleep. People with untreated OSA can stop breathing hundreds of times a night, causing numerous health hazards.
First you need to know what sleep apnea is and its main symptoms, as well as identify if this really is your problem.
From the precise diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), it is essential to know that there is a solution! The question is knowing how to treat it to resume your life normally.
Treatment should be planned according to the individual needs of each patient and the degree of apnea (identified on polysomnography).
Usually, some changes in habits improve sleep apnea and can be used in conjunction with treatment, such as: losing weight and avoiding alcohol consumption.
In addition, the use of CPAP may be indicated by specialized professionals. With the device, there is a pumping of air, which prevents the throat from closing and, consequently, sleep apnea and its symptoms. In other cases, surgery is required to stop sleep apnea.
Continuous positive airway pressure therapy can be a little challenging at first and you may be tempted to stop using it. However, people who persevere usually get used to it and their symptoms and quality of life improves significantly. CPAP not only reduces snoring and fatigue, it also improves the quality of your sleep and, consequently, improves your well-being.
Quality of life can improve significantly