It’s the mantra chanted by healthcare professionals the world over: eat healthily, exercise regularly and sleep well. These are the three cornerstones to the quintessential healthy lifestyle. And yet, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association and many other sleep disorder organizations, there are tens of millions of Americans who suffer from sleep disorders that are not only impairing their ability to get a good night’s rest, but are terribly debilitating to their quality of life.
Sleep ApneaOne of the most common of all the sleep disorders is obstructive sleep apnea and with symptoms that include a total cessation of breathing for as long as a minute, sleep apnea treatment isn’t an option… it’s a necessity! In one night, a sleep apnea sufferer may stop breathing hundreds of times and this disruption of deep sleep and the delivery of oxygen to the brain causes a plethora of symptoms, all of which act to drain energy levels, mental acuity and general health. What’s most shocking, however, is that the vast majority of these cases are going completely undiagnosed by doctors. In fact, 80% is the number quoted by the American Sleep Apnea Association for the percentage of moderate to severe sleep apnea cases that have not been diagnosed and treated.
The Different Kinds of Sleep ApneaSleep physicians have officially diagnosed three different kinds of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
- Mixed Sleep Apnea (MSA)