Sleep Apnea

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Wondering what Obstructive Sleep Apnea is? You’ve come to the right place

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common breathing disorder that is caused by a partial blockage or complete blockage of the pharynx (back of the throat) or airway. People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea often wake up throughout the night, fighting for air, but have no idea why this is happening.

Although there are different types of sleep apnea and symptoms vary, the common thread is that sleep apnea causes the heart to work harder than normal, circulating blood and oxygen to body and brain at a rapid rate. Learn more about [sleep apnea symptoms…]. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can cause serious, potentially life-threatening conditions such as:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Mood disorders (anxiety, depression)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Reduced enjoyment of life
  • Motor vehicle accidents

Are you at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is more common in men, but – it is also frequently seen in women and children. Risk factors for OSA include:

  • Severe Snoring
  • BMI above healthy range – BMI CHART
  • Neck size over 17 inches
  • Frequent napping
  • Middle-age
  • Anxiety, irritability

What are your treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apena?

The most effective treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP. CPAP is a small machine that uses a CPAP mask to blow room air into your nose or mouth. The air pressure keeps your airway open, so you can stay in a peaceful, snore-free sleep.

If used nightly as a sleep apnea and snoring solution, CPAP can bring vitality back to your life, assist with weight loss, and reverse the potentially life-threatening conditions that sleep apnea can cause.

As well, there are other treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea including surgery, dental appliances, and weight loss. Learn more about [sleep apnea treatment…].

What should you do if you think you might have Sleep Apnea?

The first step to take if you suspect you have obstructive sleep apnea is to consult your doctor or specialist immediately. Your doctor will then refer you for a non-invasive overnight home test.

If you are in Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission, Langley, Surrey, or Abbotsford, please download and print this [Physician Referral Form…] and ask your Doctor to fill it out before returning it to CanSleep.

OSA is a common breathing disorder that occurs during sleep caused by the partial collapse of the pharynx (the back of the throat), sometimes even complete blockage of the airway. Signs and symptoms of OSA include:

  • Gasping
  • Snoring
  • Pauses in breath
  • Restless, unrefreshing sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Poor concentration
  • Motor vehicle accidents

People afflicted by sleep apnea wake often throughout the night, fighting for air, unaware of what is happening.  OSA causes the heart to work harder to circulate blood and oxygen to the body and brain.  Left untreated, this may lead to other serious and potentially life-altering risks and life-threatening conditions including:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Mood disorders (anxiety, depression)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Reduced enjoyment of life
  • Motor vehicle accidents

What is the treatment for OSA?

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the most effective method of treatment for OSA.  CPAP is a small machine that blows room air into your nose or mouth through a small mask.  This air pressure keeps the airway open during sleep and allows for peaceful, snore-free, refreshing sleep.  Used nightly, CPAP can restore quality of life, facilitate weight loss, and reverse the risk of life-threatening conditions.

Other treatments for OSA include: surgery, dental appliances, and weight loss. Learn more about [sleep apnea treatment…].

What should I do if I think I might have OSA?

If you suspect that you have OSA, talk to your doctor or specialist immediately.  Your doctor will refer you for a non-invasive overnight home test.  Please download and print this [Physician Referral Form…] and take it to your Doctor to be filled out and returned to CanSleep.

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