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By tjohnson | Published March 7, 2018
What is Sleep Apnea?
March is National Sleep Awareness Month. In honor of this, we are going to do a series of informational article postings about sleep disorders and sleep study information.
Apnea is a Greek word meaning without breath; sleep apnea is the involuntary cessation of breath while a person is sleeping.
Sleep apnea is very common. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans suffer from this disease. Yet due to the lack of awareness and education of this disease, over half are undiagnosed and untreated, even with the severe consequences this disease can play on a patient’s health.
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can have serious and even life-threatening consequences, such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, memory problems, weight gain and other major ailments.
Indicators include: obesity, morning headaches, high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness, waking with a dry mouth, atrial fibrillation, [ ... ]
By tjohnson | Published July 20, 2011
Adair County area residents can choose a local provider to assess and treat their sleep disorders. Adair County Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with somniTech, Inc. provides sleep disorders testing services.
Many people believe sleepiness is way of life; however, most sleep disorders are easily diagnosed and treated. If you awaken feeling exhausted, or just as tired as when you went to sleep, then you may need to consult your family provider. There are currently 88 classifications of sleep disorders defined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The most common sleep disorder evaluated in a sleep center is sleep apnea. Approximately 80 million American suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Of that 80 million, approximately 30% (26 million) suffer from sleep apnea.
A sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram, is the only way a person can be diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea. This requires an overnight stay in [ ... ]