Sleep Apnea – Am I at risk?

How common is Sleep Apnea?

Over 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, and 20 million suffer from OSA. Despite the high prevalence, 93% of women and 82% of men with moderate to severe OSA remain undiagnosed.  In a community-based study, men were found to be 2 times more likely than women to have OSA. However, men are 8 times more likely to be treated for OSA than women. This suggests that the symptoms of OSA in women are often attributed to other conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Heavy Snoring
  • Witnessed Apnea/Observed episodes of breathing cessation
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness – Hypersomnia
  • Restless Sleep
  • Loss of Energy/Fatigue
  • Morning Headaches
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom – Nocturia

Untreated Sleep Apnea can severely affect the quality of life, health, and mortality. Clinical research shows that it is linked strongly to a range of serious, life-threatening diseases such as stroke, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and coronary heart disease.

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

Neck Circumference
A neck circumference of 16.5 or more inches is typically associated with an increased risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

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