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FAQ’s: Understanding Sleep Apnea and its Risks

Posted on: March 9th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

Although it’s easy to take for granted, a sound night’s sleep is one of the most vital ways to maintain a high quality of life. From boosting your immune system and metabolism to regulating your mood and improving memory, sleep is essential in allowing your body to get the tools it needs to recharge. However, if you are tossing and turning each night, it may be a symptom of a bigger issue. Every year, approximately 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. To help you overcome this disorder, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers these important facts and guidelines so that you can rest easier.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is known as sleep-disordered breathing or SDB.  Common sleep apnea symptoms include daytime sleepiness, poor concentration, snoring, and depression.  Snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea and is caused by your airway collapsing. When your airway is narrow, it limits airflow as you breathe. While narrowed, the airway will vibrate to make the sound of snoring. While you snore and sleep, your airway will collapse which will make you stop breathing.  A complete collapse of the airway is called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.  OSA is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing and each obstructive event may last for 10 seconds or longer.

Who’s at Risk?

Although sleep apnea can affect men and women, as well as children, certain factors do increase your risk. People affected by obesity have four times the risk of sleep apnea than those that do not have excessive weight. Additionally, those that have thicker necks may also experience a narrower airway. Smoking, nasal congestions and the use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers are also important factors. Being older, male and having a history of family members affected by the disorder can further increase your risk.

How Do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?

From stress to diet and limited exercise, there are many outside factors that can contribute to poor sleep. While these common issues can be cured by incorporating healthy new habits, disorders like sleep apnea can be particularly dangerous. If you have made lifestyle adjustments such as improving your nutrition or taking up a new workout regime, and still experience regular fatigue and snoring, talk to your primary care physician about the possibility of sleep apnea.

How Do You Manage the Symptoms?

In order to sleep safely and more soundly, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment offers a wide range of CPAP masks, headgear, humidifiers, mask cushions and more. For complete comfort, we recommend the CPAP Max Pillow 2.0, as well as the Contour CPAP Pillow Case, which will allow you to rest easy without disturbing your CPAP mask. Since CPAP equipment can easily attract dirt and buildup, try our handy Citrus II® CPAP Mask Wipes to clean your mask every morning with ease. Additionally, our team of experts can help make the process of finding the right fit for your needs simple. We have Respiratory Therapists on staff and on site to train you on how to use, clean and maintain your CPAP machine. We also have follow-up support available so that you are guaranteed the security you deserve.

Although starting treatment for sleep apnea can be an adjustment, with the right tools and help from Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, you can get the rest you need to stay healthy. Contact our team today to find out how we can help you sleep easy.

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