Sleep Apnea and new treatment options beyond CPAP
If you or a family member chronically snores and wakes up extremely tired in the morning, it is possible that they or you are dealing with a sleep disorder known as Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea occurs when a section of the airway becomes obstructed, causing the body to essentially choke on itself. This obstruction can cause repeated episodes of partial or complete suffocation, sometimes lasting a minute or more while the sufferer is asleep. Because these choking and suffocating episodes can often repeat frequently throughout the night, they can put the sufferer at increased risk of a myriad of health complications including stroke, heart attack and even death. Amazingly, nearly 1 in 4 adults over 30 are suffering from at least a mild degree of Sleep Apnea and don’t even know it.
The cause of this collapse in the airway is typically due to the soft tissues in the mouth, tongue or throat closing and blocking airflow during sleep. The first sign of this is often snoring, which occurs when one is attempting to breathe through a narrow airway. If left untreated, snoring frequently escalates to full OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), caused when the narrow airway has become completely blocked.