Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

What is OSA?

Apnea means “cessation of breath”

This condition is characterized by repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway causing pauses in breathing (apneas) from 10 seconds to over one minute during sleep. Apneas can occur hundreds of times throughout the night in some patients.

The diaphragm and chest muscles work hard to open the airway during an apneic event and breathing usually resumes with a loud gasp, snort or body jerk. This condition is associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation therefore reducing the flow of oxygen to vital organs and causing severe implications in the body systems.

Prevalance of OSA

  • Estimated 858,900 (3%) Canadian adults 18 years and older have been told by a Health Professional that they suffer from OSA
  • Over 1 in 4 (26%) of adults reported symptoms and risk factors that are associated with OSA
  • Estimated 24% of middle-aged men suffer from OSA
  • Estimated 9% of middle-aged women suffer from OSA

Snoring & OSA may be more dangerous than you think!

Sleep apnea and snoringIt’s estimated that 24% of middle-aged men and 9% of middle-aged women have a condition called Sleep Apnea (AP-ne-ah). This is a condition in which sufferers have complete or partial blockages of the airway from 10 seconds to over 1 minute! These pauses in breathing can occur hundreds of times throughout the night and often it is the bed partner that is aware of these alarming apneic events.

Sleep apnea machinesAccording to the The American Board of Sleep Medicine, there are 88 known sleep disorders and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is the most common. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses. When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone, including woman, children, and thinner adults.

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Signs and Symptoms

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Types of Therapy

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