20 Million adult men and women in the U.S. are afflicted by
obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
is when you stop breathing repeatedly during sleep because your airway
collapses. Airway collapse may be due to: a large tongue,
extra tissue in the airway, or decreased muscle tone holding the airway
open. As a result, air is prevented from getting into the
lungs. When these pauses in breathing happens more than five times
per hour, healthy sleep is interrupted and it puts a strain on the
heart and can lead to a number of serious health conditions which may
· High blood pressure - 90% of people with hypertension have sleep apnea and 60% of
sleep apnea patients develop hypertension.
· Heart attacks and heart disease.
· Sudden death
· Severe memory loss - in certain cases dementia
· Loss of sexual interest
· Fatigue and lack of energy - sleepiness throughout the day
· Headaches as well as aches and pains throughout the body
· Inability to reach deep sleep. This is required for growth and healing hormones to
be formed and released into the body.
· Premature aging
Other sleep related disorders:
Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movements - Brief
muscle contractions that can cause leg jerks that last a few seconds
and recur every 30 seconds for up to an hour or longer several times a
night. These movements can cause brief arousals and interruptions
in your sleep.
Irresistible episodes of sleep of short duration recurring at close
intervals. Common symptoms include: daytime sleepiness,
cataplexy (an abrupt loss of muscle tone usually caused by emotion –
laughter, anger, or surprise), and sleep paralysis (inability to move or
speak when falling asleep or awakening).
Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Symptoms of insomnia
include: stress, use of stimulants or alcohol, erratic behavior,
inactive behavior, and misuse or overuse of sleeping pills.