Sleep Apnea Awareness Week, which takes place from October 1 to October 7 this year, is all about educating the public about sleep apnea, from its signs and symptoms to its complications and treatments. Sponsored by the American Sleep Association, Sleep Apnea Awareness Week is focused on spreading information, dispelling harmful myths, and ultimately improving the health of all Americans.
Educating Your Friends & Family During Sleep Apnea Awareness Week
What can you do to help educate friends and family during Sleep Apnea Awareness Week 2015? While many people across the country are now aware of what sleep apnea is, they still may not have the full story about the sleep disorder, from who may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to how serious the consequences of untreated OSA can be. Below, we’ve shared a few important points that we think everyone should know about sleep apnea. This information could do more than improve the nation’s sleep. It could save lives.
- Sleep apnea is more serious than just snoring. Sleep apnea is strongly associated with snoring, but while almost everyone with sleep apnea snores, not all snorers have sleep apnea. It is also important to understand that treating sleep apnea is not just about treating a snoring problem – untreated sleep apnea has been associated with a large number of chronic health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Treating sleep apnea can add years to your life.
- Women suffer from sleep apnea, too. While more men than women have sleep apnea, new research shows that for every two men with sleep apnea, one women suffers from the disorder. More than that, women are more likely to suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnea.
- Sleep apnea needs consistent, continuous treatment. It is not good enough to just get a diagnosis for sleep apnea or to just treat your sleep apnea every once and a while (or only for part of the night). Studies have shown that inconsistently treated sleep apnea can not only affect your sleep and your daytime fatigue, it can also affect your long-term health, including your lifespan.
- Sleep apnea isn’t all about weight. It’s true that losing weight can help you control your sleep apnea. It’s also true that heavier people with higher BMIs are more likely to have sleep apnea. However, the public should know that fully half of those with sleep apnea are not overweight. The public should also know that while losing weight can cure sleep apnea in those with mild symptoms, dieting and exercise are not cure-alls for OSA.
- CPAP isn’t the only solution to sleep apnea. CPAP therapy is a popular and effective solution for a large number of people with sleep apnea. However, the breathing device is not ideal for everyone. Those with mild sleep apnea may benefit from an oral device or positional sleep therapy, while those with more severe symptoms may be good candidates for sleep apnea surgery. Surgery, such as bimaxillary advancement surgery, may also be an ideal choice for those who cannot use or do not like the CPAP device.
Sleep Apnea Surgery at the Surgical Arts Centre
Sleep apnea can have extremely serious consequences for your health, your well-being, and your overall quality of life. We are committed to helping those suffering from OSA find a long-term treatment solution that is right for them. Read more about our sleep apnea solutions on our website or contact us today to schedule a sleep apnea consultation with our team.