Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), commonly known as sleep apnea, means your breathing stops several times during sleep due to the collapse of tissues in your upper airway. This blockage stops your breathing and prevents air from getting to your lungs, which reduces the oxygen available to your body.
These pauses in your breathing are called "apneas", and they disrupt the sufferer, waking them sometimes hundreds of times each night. This is why sleep apnea sufferers describe themselves as "always tired" during the day.
Up to 90% of sleep apnea sufferers remain undiagnosed. Many believe their symptoms to be simply annoying, not a critical health issue. But leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to serious health issues, some of which you or your partner may be experiencing already.
Sleep apnea is a chronic disease, which means it is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured, similar to diabetes. By receiving and sticking with treatment, you will be lowering your risk for health issues related to sleep apnea.
Often, it is the bed partner who notices symptoms of sleep apnea first. These nights of loud snoring and restless lack of sleep can create relationship issues, performance challenges and increased health risks for sleep apnea sufferers and their partners. You may even be sleeping in a different room than your partner, desperate to get a good night's rest.
While sleep apnea is common, most people don't know they have a problem, so sufferers end up having to endure symptoms needlessly. The good news is sleep apnea is highly treatable and can be easily diagnosed by RANA Sleep Care.