Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Snoring can be more dangerous than you think! We don't want to scare anybody, but here's a fact you should know. It's estimated that 24% of middle-aged men and 9% of middle-aged women have a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is a condition where people periodically stop breathing while they sleep, reducing sleep quality and causing sleepiness and fatigue throughout the day.
The American Board of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is the recognized governing board for North American diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. This agency states there are 88 known sleep disorders and the most common of these challenges is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It seems you can't turn on the news, open a newspaper or a magazine without seeing something related to obstructive sleep apnea, OSA. Whether it's research, product innovation or a major accident caused by a drowsy sufferer, the word is out.
When people periodically stop breathing while they sleep, they truly reduce their sleep quality and that can cause sleepiness and fatigue during the day. This combination can affect your mental and physical health, not to mention your livelihood. People with dangerous occupations and ones that involve driving, can be at serious risk of injuring themselves or others.
If you suspect you or your partner may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, we suggest you take a few minutes to complete our online screening tool or speak with your physician immediately. Our online screening tool only takes a couple of minutes and will provide you with a good indication of your likelihood of having sleep apnea.
More information about sleep apnea may be found in the Lung Association's Sleep Apnea Handbook. You may view or download this manual at:
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