How Prevalent is Sleep Apnea in the US?Recent estimates place the number of people suffering from sleep apnea in the US at about 25 million, and it’s estimated that about 26 percent of adults between the ages of 30 and 70 suffer from the condition. This number jumps to about 936 million worldwide. That means about one in eight people alive suffer from some form of obstructive sleep apnea. You are not alone!
Signs and Risks of Sleep ApneaThe signs that you may suffer from sleep apnea include:
- Frequent gasping for air at night
- Silent breathing pauses during sleep
- Chronic sleepiness and daytime fatigue
- Changes in mood
- Chronic headaches
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Driving and work-related accidents
Getting TreatmentIf you suspect you have sleep apnea, the first thing you should do is consult with your doctor. One of the best ways to diagnose sleep apnea is to take a sleep apnea test. There are two ways to do this. You can either go to a local hospital or sleep clinic and have the test performed there, or you can request an at-home sleep apnea test that monitors you right from your own bed. The test is simple to do and can help you determine if you are in fact suffering from the condition.
If you have tested positive for obstructive sleep apnea, treatment options usually include a CPAP machine, which helps you sleep better by gently pressurizing your airway to prevent apneas (pauses in breathing caused by the collapse of the airway) throughout the night.
You can get help and speak to a sleep wellness specialist today.