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OSA – Exactly What Is It?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which patients snore and hold their breath during sleep. The reason for both the snoring and the breath holds or apneas is that patients with OSA have extra tissue in their upper airway. This video offers a simple explanation of what happens to the airway of a patient when they go to sleep. When a patient stops breathing (because the airway is obstructed) the oxygen level drops, sometimes to very dangerous levels.

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OSA – The Not So Silent Killer

How Do I Know If I Have OSA?

If you or a loved one, snores, stops breathing at night, is overweight, has an enlarged neck circumference (larger than 16 inches for women or larger than 17 inches for men), has high blood pressure or diabetes, has had a heart attack, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure or a stroke, you may have OSA.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which patients snore and hold their breath during sleep.  The reason for both the snoring and the breath holds or apneas is that patients with OSA have extra tissue in their upper airway (from the nose to the vocal cords). The airway of patients with OSA is also loose, floppy and more easily collapsible than the airway of persons without OSA.

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Could You Have Sleep Apnea?

These Are the Warning Signs Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • Do you normally feel tired even after a full night of sleep?
  • Do you snore loudly and frequently?
  • Do you make choking or snorting sounds during sleep?
  • Do you stop breathing during sleep?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you have unexplained weight gain or are you having a hard time losing weight?
  • Are you a man with a neck size of 17 inches or more?
  • Are you a woman with a neck size of 16 inches or more?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Are you a menopausal or postmenopausal woman?
  • Do you fall asleep while driving or during periods of daytime inactivity?
  • Do you have a family member who has sleep apnea?

If you admit to 2 or more of the signs or symptoms above, see a Board Certified Sleep Specialist at an Accredited Sleep Center.

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Drowsy Driving Crashes: Prevalent and Preventable

Nearly 2 years ago, the National Sleep Foundation published a survey on “Drowsy Driving.” This information, despite being a year and a half old, is just as important today as when it was first released. Please take a moment to read this report as its relevance is timeless.

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National Sleep Foundation Releases Safety Guidelines for
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2010, Today kicks off Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, a National Sleep Foundation public awareness campaign to educate drivers about sleep safety. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a new study showing that the tragedy of drowsy driving is more pervasive than shown in previous estimates. Their study shows that drowsy driving involves about one in eight deadly crashes; one in ten crashes resulting in occupant hospitalization, and one in twenty crashes in which a vehicle was towed. These percentages are substantially higher than most previous estimates, suggesting that the contribution of drowsy driving to motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths has not been fully appreciated.

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Sleep Apnea and Cancer

Does Sleep Apnea Put You at Higher Risk for Cancer?

Numerous studies have documented the association of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A recent article by Dr. F. Javier Nieto from the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, notes the association of an increase in cancer mortality in patients with OSA. This finding, while yet to be duplicated, raises yet another red flag as to the importance of diagnosing and treating OSA.

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Sleep Apnea Associated with Higher Mortality from Cancer

Madison, Wisconsin, and San Francisco – Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), commonly known as sleep apnea, is associated with an increased risk of cancer mortality, according to a new study.

While previous studies have associated SDB with increased risks of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression, and early death, this is the first human study to link apnea with higher rate of cancer mortality.

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