Do you feel tired all the time?

Do you Snore?

You you could be at risk for
Sleep apnea


What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is not just snoring or feeling tired during the day – it’s a serious sleep disorder that occurs when you stop breathing or your breathing is interrupted during sleep, decreasing your oxygen levels and alerting the brain to wake you up. If you snore loudly or feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is treatable and Respiratory Homecare Solutions (RHS) offers free home sleep testing, access to sleep lab studies, diagnosis and sleep apnea treatment options. Talk to your doctor if you have signs or symptoms of sleep apnea or contact RHS today to request a sleep test.

Sleep Apnea Definition

Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

Loud Snoring

Gasping for air during sleep

Awakening with a dry mouth

Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep

(usually reported by a bed partner)

Morning headaches

Difficulty staying asleep
(insomnia)

Excessive daytime sleepiness
(Difficulty staying awake)

Irritability

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Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea only occurs during sleep. A bed partner may be the first to notice the signs of sleep apnea such as loud snoring and gasping to breathe during sleep.

Risks Of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Untreated Sleep Apnea

Serious health conditions such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes. can result if sleep apnea is untreated.

Get Tested For Sleep Apnea

Get Tested For Sleep Apnea

In most provinces, a simple overnight home sleep apnea test (HSAT) can provide a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Contact Respiratory Homecare Solutions (RHS) to learn more about sleep apnea tests available in your area.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is treated most often with continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) therapy. Oral appliance therapy, surgery or Provent can also be effective options to stop snoring and sleep better.

What Are The Risks Of Sleep Apnea

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health consequences.

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Sleep apnea can cause atrial fibrillation and it can trigger an abnormal heartbeat in patients already living with this condition.

Hypertension also known as high blood pressure (HBP), a long-term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. Sudden drops in blood oxygen levels that occur during sleep apnea increases blood pressure and strains the cardiovascular system. Having obstructive sleep apnea increases your risk of high blood pressure (hypertension).

Sleep apnea is associated with insulin resistance, glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes itself is a major risk factor and complication of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes often coexist because of shared risk factors like obesity.

People with sleep apnea are at higher risk of mood disorders particularly major depressive disorder, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

People with sleep apnea are at higher risk of mood disorders particularly major depressive disorder, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Severe, untreated obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of elevated blood pressure despite the use of high blood pressure medications.

Sleep apnea can cause physiological changes that may lead to conditions such as chronic high blood pressure, a thickening of the heart walls and a stiffening of the heart. All of these changes increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes.

Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) is a chronic disease that occurs when stomach acid or bile flows into the food pipe and irritates the lining. Experiencing symptoms more than twice a week may indicate GERD.

Untreated Sleep Apnea Affects Your Daily Life

• Increased risk of car accidents
• Higher divorce rates
• Difficulty dealing with stress
• Poor work performance & concentration
• Missing out on fun activities
• Makes getting through the day hard

Am I At Risk For Sleep Apnea?

Answering YES to 3 or more of these questions means you are at risk for sleep apnea and you should have a sleep test.

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