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Do You Suffer From Sleep Apnea? April 6, 2010

For more information, call Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.

Are You One of 12 Million Americans with Sleep Apnea?

AUGUSTA, GA. (April 6, 2010) Do you wake up during the night from snoring, feel tired during the day or have trouble concentrating? You could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissues in the rear of the throat collapse and close during sleep, according to Beth Barranco, a registered nurse at University Hospital. “Sleep apnea is as common as adult diabetes and affects more the 12 million Americans.”

Ms. Barranco said the risk factors for sleep apnea are:

  • male gender
  • being overweight
  • over the age of 40

“Sleep apnea can strike at any age, even children, and due to a lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, a vast majority remain undiagnosed and untreated,” Ms. Barranco said. “This can lead to significant consequences.”

Untreated sleep apnea can have the following side effects:

  • high blood pressure
  • cardiovascular disease
  • memory problems
  • weight gain
  • impotency
  • headaches

“People don’t need to suffer needlessly,” Ms. Barranco said. “There are several treatment options, the most common being the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine during sleep to properly ventilate the airway.”

For more information on Obstructive Sleep Apnea, contact ASK-A-NURSE at 706.737.8423 or visit the American Sleep Apnea Association at www.sleepapnea.org.

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