Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Syndrome is a life threatening disorder affecting over 18 million Americans. 40% of Americans (2 out of 5) snore and 40% of snorers have OSA with no signs or symptoms of the disease.
Serious repercussions /consequences of untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) include:
- Increased risk of stroke.
- Increased high blood pressure.
- Increased incidence of atrial fibrillation.
- Increased risk of diabetes.
- Poor memory and other cognitive impairments.
- Male impotence and decreased sex drive.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents.
- Increase in Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease (GERD).
- Increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
Signs you or someone you love may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Sleep Disordered Breathing:
- Waking up due to gasping or choking.
- Excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Memory loss.
- Nighttime grinding of teeth.
- Restless or unrefreshed sleep.
- Frequent waking during sleep.
How common is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
- 40% of adults over 40 snore
(approx. 87 million Americans)
- 9% of men and 4% of women suffer from some form of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
(approx. 30 million Americans)
- Less than 10% of OSA sufferers have been diagnosed
(approximately 3 million Americans)
- Of those diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, less than 25% have been successfully treated.
Incidence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA) is a serious, life threatening disorder affecting over 18 million Americans. Research estimates that up to 9% of all adult males and 4% of all adult females suffer from sleep disordered breathing, yet fewer than 10% of the people with this disease have been diagnosed. The most recent studies have shown that 1 in 4 adults in the United States (31% of all men and 21% of all women over 18) are at “high risk” for OSA (based on analysis of the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America survey).
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