Sleep Apnea Information
Republished From: Complete Sleep
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Are you always tired?
If you snore regularly and experience constant daytime sleepiness, you may have a condition called “sleep apnea”. Sleep apnea, if left untreated, can be a contributing risk factor in high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression.
The following checklist can help you identify some of the signs of sleep apnea.
- Has your partner noticed that you gasp or stop breathing during sleep?
- Do you often wake up feeling unrefreshed?
- Do you sometimes feel excessively sleepy
during the day?
- Have your energy and motivation levels
- Do you find it difficult to concentrate?
- Are you overweight?
- Are you a heavy snorer?
- Does anyone else in your family have a
history of snoring or sleep apnea?
- Do you sometimes fall asleep at work or
- Do you ever wake up with a headache?
- Are you suffering from depression?
Sleep apnea can be treated
The standard treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. There are numerous problems that may be caused if sleep apnea is left untreated. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment is important.
Sleep apnea diagnosis
After consulting with your doctor, if he/she feels you are at risk for sleep apnea they will recommend a sleep test. Depot Drug has made these tests easy and affordable. The at-home sleep test will be sent to you. Once data is collected, a diagnosis and recommended treatment plan will be sent to your doctor.
Benefits of the at-home sleep test:
- Easy and Convenient – done in your own home on your own time
- No need to take time off work
- FDA Approved
- Sleep technician available for counseling and to answer your questions
- No need to travel to a sleep center and spend the night away from home
By utilizing CPAP therapy, your quality of life will improve and you will benefit from finally having a good night’s sleep.
- Reduce the risk of heart disease – sleep disruptions are linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, irregular heartbeat and elevated blood sugar.
- Reduce stress – sleep loss results in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and
- Improve your memory – sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory.
- Reduce risk of depression – sleep impacts the levels of serotonin in your body. People
with a deficiency in serotonin are likely to suffer from depression.
- Maintain a healthy weight – sleep deprivation causes weight gain by affecting the way your body processes and stores carbohydrates.
- Helps control diabetes
- Increase safety – sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime.
- 52.5% of all work related accidents and injuries are potentially related to sleepiness in the US working population.
- Individuals with untreated sleep apnea perform, on average, as poorly as individuals whose levels of blood alcohol concentration exceed the legal limit.
- Diagnosing and treating all drivers with sleep apnea would save $11.1 billion in collision costs and 980 lives annually.