Take Your Sleep Apnea Seriously
Many of our clients come to us with concerns about sleep apnea. While relatively common, this condition is often misunderstood and underdiagnosed. When sleep apnea is left untreated, people with this sleep condition are at risk of severe short and long term effects. With proper treatment, however, sufferers can greatly improve their quality of life.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are different types of sleep apnea, and treatment may vary depending on the precise nature of the disorder.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when a sleeper’s breathing is repeatedly interrupted, for more than 10 seconds and sometimes up to a minute. These interruptions occur because the sleeper’s throat “collapses” and obstructs the airway. The sleeper’s breathing interruptions can happen five to thirty times per hour, or more.
Central Sleep Apnea is less common than Obstructive Sleep Apnea and occurs because a sleeper’s brain isn’t sending proper signals to the breathing muscles. This condition may occur as a result of other health issues like stroke or heart failure.
Complex Sleep Apnea is sometimes called treatment-emergent central sleep apnea. That’s because sleepers develop interrupted breathing even when a continuous positive airway pressure device (C-PAP) is being used. Causes of this condition vary; luckily, complex sleep apnea often resolves over time.
What is Causing Your Sleep Apnea?
The most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea in adults is obesity; however, there are other potential factors to be aware of:
High blood pressure
Hereditary or anatomical factors
Smoking or alcohol use
Children may develop sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids or as a result of a birth defect.
To determine the exact cause of your or a loved one’s sleep problems, it is necessary to perform a complete sleep study.
Sleep Apnea Has Serious Effects on Your Health
People with sleep apnea often complain about unrefreshing sleep, but the effects of sleep apnea can be much more serious and can include:
Over time, sleep apnea sufferers are at higher risk of developing chronic diseases. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure, heart attack, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and stroke. It can also worsen diabetes.
We are Dedicated to Finding Solutions for Our Patients
Identifying and treating sleep apnea requires close attention to health and lifestyle information, as well as individual patient evaluations. CSI is one of the few independent medical clinics in the country that addresses this disorder in all of its complexities.
At Clayton Sleep, we have developed a proprietary process for diagnosing sleep apnea and other sleep disorders and tailoring treatment for each individual client. We lead the way in sleep research and comprehensive care.
Our Sleep Studies Can Give You the Diagnosis You Need for Better Sleep
Our process is comprehensive and gives you a clear diagnosis and treatment plan to restore healthy sleep.
Get Help for Your Sleep Apnea with a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
There is hope. Sleep disorders are treatable. If you believe you are suffering from sleep apnea, don’t wait. Respecting what your mind and body are telling you, acknowledging the serious nature of this disorder, and asking for help are the first steps toward better sleep and better health.
Talk to your doctor about the CSI Insomnia Center