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Sleep Apnea MD Promotes Sleep Apnea Awareness Week 2012

September 27, 2012

BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Sleep Apnea MD – In a world that thrives on ‘hustle and bustle’, one must always be on the top of their game. However, if you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), being on top of your game may be the least of your worries. How do you know if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Primary symptoms include: snoring loudly, restlessness, and difficulty breathing during sleep as evidenced by choking or gasping for air. At first glance, these symptoms may not seem catastrophic, but when examining secondary symptoms, such as: excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty with concentration, headaches, and mental health problems including anxiety, depression, and changes in memory- Obstructive Sleep Apnea begins to take on a whole new meaning.

Who is at risk?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea was once believed to predominantly affect individuals who were overweight. However, it has now been discovered that OSA bears no discrimination to body size or weight. Those who have an abnormally positioned maxilla or mandible, or have enlarged tonsils, adenoids, or tongue may have a higher incidence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Additionally, drinking, smoking, and sedative medications may also increase airway closures.

Biological Underpinnings and Associations

The airway consists of the windpipe, throat, mouth, and nose and allows oxygen in to the body as well as carbon dioxide out. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs episodically when the airway narrows (partially obstructed) or becomes completely blocked (fully obstructed) preventing the proper movement of air. This improper airflow causes a decrease in blood oxygen levels and alerts the brain to wake up to reopen the airway. Apnea episodes vary in length and frequency, and will determine the severity of OSA. Sleep Apnea has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, arrhythmia, heart attack/heart failure, and even death!

Statistics and Diagnostic information

Despite how common Obstructive Sleep Apnea is, research suggests that only 1 in every 25 (4%) American adults have been diagnosed with OSA. A substantial 80% go undiagnosed and therefore untreated! A nocturnal polysomnography (sleep study) is required to confirm the presence of OSA. Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment can begin! Several options exist and can be discussed with your treatment professional. Don’t let Obstructive Sleep Apnea knock you off your game. Sleep Apnea MD has the largest network of qualified obstructive sleep apnea professionals in the nation. As a premiere special for Sleep Apnea Awareness Week (October 1st – October 7th) select doctors in our network will be providing FREE consultations for the month of October*. To contact a specialist please visit www.sleepapneamd.com, click find a doctor and follow the map to find a sleep professional near you!

*DISCLAIMER: Not all Sleep Apnea MD doctors have chosen to partake in this promotion. Insurance coverage’s and fees may vary for non-participating providers

Media Contact: Ashley Wasserman: PR Director Sleep Apnea MD, 888-306-1162, contact@sleepapneamd.com

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