Sudden Cardiac Death and OSA

Too many deaths in the US each year is attributed to sudden cardiac death (SDC). Studies in Minnesota was done on almost 11k adults over the course of 15 years. Conclusions from this study show that the decrease in oxygen levels at night (nocturnal hypoxemia) caused by OSA predicted SCD to be independent of any other risk factors. Oxygen saturation drops when air doesn't flow into the lungs - if the lowest oxygen saturation was 78% or less, the risk of SDC is increased by 80%.

 

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23770166

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/news/20130611/sleep-apnea-may-boost-risk-of-sudden-cardiac-death

Treating OSA and Improving Depression

It’s obvious that without getting a full night’s rest has an effect on our mood. Patients with sleep apnea often experience depression related to their symptoms and the severity of their disease. Studies have shown that taking control of the apnea not only improves physical health but mental health as well.

Patients were screened for depression then given a polysomnogram to evaluate for OSA. Before OSA treatment, over 18% of the patients had stated that they had thoughts of harming themselves. After treatment, none responded this way. The depression symptoms were directly correlated with their OSA.

Of course not all people who have depression will resolve their mental health by treating for OSA, but we cannot ignore that one of the underlying problems of depression is directly linked to untreated sleep disorders.

SOURCE: http://www.aasmnet.org/jcsm/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=30173

OSA and the Transportation Industry

We’ve all heard this – sleepy driving is worse than drunk driving. Unfortunately, many drivers in the transportation industry still continue to drive without a good night’s sleep. Awareness on this subject has been on the rise.

The major cause of drowsiness is sleep apnea which is most common among overweight men affecting 28 percent of commercial truck drivers. A significant number of accidents and deaths caused by sleepy driving has been recognized and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is collecting public comments as preliminary steps to the requirement of testing for sleep apnea among drivers and rail operators because of the endangerment to the public.

Many drivers are reluctant for testing and treatment because of the out of pocket expenses and the side effects of the CPAP machine. Because of this, it is important to spread awareness on oral sleep appliances as an easier alternative and keep our roads safe!

Athletes and Poor Sleep - a Frightening Combination

For athletes, not getting a good night's rest is out of the question. When you have sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that restricts your airway at night, it directly impacts your entire sleep cycle.

Lack of sleep can lead to many different medical symptoms including high blood pressure in the lungs which is terrible news for athletes. Proper blood pressure and heart rate are vital for athletes. When you put your body in demanding exercise, you need time to rest and sleep is the time for your body to restore and replenish itself. The scary part is, a majority of people with sleep apnea don't know that they have it.

One of the common signs of sleep apnea is whether or not the person has a thick neck. The extra tissue (muscle or fat) on the neck thickens the wall of the windpipe which makes it harder for the airway to stay open when muscles are relaxed during sleep. This puts a lot of football players at risk. So how are these athletes able to play a winning game when they're not getting the proper sleep that they need?

Shaquille O'Neal was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Take a look at this video he has shared with the public.

Various treatments are offered for those diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). Respire Medical offers a less intrusive way to help open up the airway making it much easier to breathe during sleep. Learn more about our products at www.respiremedical.com

Top Sleep Apnea Signs

Sleep apnea happens to people of all sizes and ages, but there are a few major signs of sleep apnea you should watch out for.

  • Loud and chronic snoring
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Choking, snorting or gasping
  • Shortness of breath during sleep
  • Sleepiness & fatigue during the day

If this is you or someone you know, don't delay in getting it checked out. A simple, fast solution could have you wake up feeling 100% in just a matter of days.