Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by obstruction of the upper airway during sleep, interrupting airflow and reducing blood oxygen levels. Common signs include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep. Sufferers stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer, up to hundreds of times per night, often reducing blood oxygen to dangerously low levels.
More than 43 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. To put this in perspective, according to AAA, approximately the same number of Americans – 43 million – traveled for Thanksgiving in 2012
• Over 85% of people with OSA don’t know it – yet this syndrome can be deadly
• OSA can occur in anyone, though it is more common in men, adults and obese patients
• Patients with OSA are at an increased risk of other chronic diseases and accidents:
2x risk of stroke
4x risk of mortality within four years
5x risk of cardiovascular event
7x risk of a motor vehicle accident (30% of accidents involving commercial truck drivers are sleep related)
OSA frequently coexists with obesity, depression, diabetes, stroke, hypertension and erectile dysfunction, and can cause or aggravate these conditions
Home Sleep Testing is easier and more cost effective than Sleep Center Testing for many patients Approximately 3.5 million diagnostic sleep tests are ordered each year. An estimated 80% of these tests are appropriate for Home Sleep Testing, where the patient is able to complete a sleep study in the comfort and convenience of his/her own home.
• Home Sleep Testing eliminates waiting periods and improves test completion rates: It can take several weeks to get an appointment at a Sleep Center; Home Sleep Testing can begin as soon as you receive your test kit within 48 hours of ordering online in many cases.
• The natural at-home sleep environment facilitates good quality sleep, improving test quality
• Home Sleep Testing is affordable – for both payers and patients – typically producing a 75% savings versus overnight in-facility testing
Watch to learn about sleep apnea, the risks of not treating and not being tested.
As Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) develops, it has a cumulative effect. This means that the longer the disease goes untreated, the greater the negative side effects and associated health risks. If sleep apnea remains untreated, other health conditions may emerge or current health problems may heighten, including:
The AASM’s Sleep Education website provides accurate patient education information. Visit sleepeducation.org to learn about healthy sleep and sleep disorders. The site also has a searchable directory of AASM-accredited sleep centers across the nation.
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NIH government website page providing education on Sleep Apnea
NIH website page that provides education about sleep studies
medlineplus website from the national library of medicine. great resource on sleep disorders.
NIH Website providing education on importance of sleep, sleep phases and stages and guide to healthy sleep