There are a lot of health conditions that people might take for granted, and one of these is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where the affected person pauses his/her breathing while sleeping. It might sound easy to ignore, but it really is not. Aside from wearing sleep apnea mask, the way people respond to sleep apnea is something to rethink. Hence, below are some things, perhaps truths, which should be unmasked about sleep apnea.
- Linked Effects can be Detrimental
- People Affected
- Snoring is Harmless
- Economic Effects
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea is linked to heart attack, stroke, car accident, and depression. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute further discusses this topic by listing other complications like asthma chronic kidney disease, eye disorders, metabolic disorders, or even pregnancy complications for women.
This condition is twice as common in men as in women. Likewise, children and women can also experience sleep apnea, and such condition is linked to dementia in older women.
Aside from age and gender groups, factors like size of tonsils and airways, family history, and weight are important. Particularly, children with enlarged tonsils, people with smaller airways, and those who are overweight are likely to get sleep apnea. With such variety of affected people, be wary of how to treat and cope with sleep apnea (aside from wearing sleep apnea masks).
One thing that needs to be unmasked upon hearing such statement is that it is a myth. Snoring is, in fact, a symptom of sleep apnea. Hence, it is not something that people can brush off. Learn this truth today and be a little bit more sensitive when encountering people who snore in their sleep.
Effects do not only manifest on a personal level but also on a more macro level through the economy. According to research cited by American Academy of Sleep Medicine, approximately 150 billion dollars is the estimated annual economic burden of undiagnosed sleep apnea. This was further broken down to 26.2 billion for motor accidents, 86.9 billion for lost productivity, and 26.2 billion for workplace accidents.
No Mask for Sleep Apnea
Yes, you read it right! Removing CPAP mask can help patients to cope with sleep apnea! Ironic as it may seem, but it is possible. Through Joe Goldstein team’s effort in developing CPAP technology, sleep apnea treatment doesn’t have to be inconvenient. Their CPAP Pro and CPAP Pro II are now helping sleep apnea patients to sleep without mask, headgears, and straps. Because of this, sleep apnea patients can now avoid face marks as well as pains caused by the straps.
With this technology, we are not only unmasking truths about sleep apnea but also a more convenient treatment. If you know someone who is experiencing sleep apnea who is still using old CPAP treatment device with masks and headgears, share this article now and help unmask that person.