WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition where a person has multiple events throughout the night where they stop breathing. These events, called apneas, are caused by an obstruction of the airway and can last for up to several minutes. This can be detrimental to a person's overall health, as their body struggles for oxygen and as a result places excess stress on the heart and other body systems.
Sleep Apnea is a Growing Concern
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a scary growing concern in our world. As the population becomes heavier and heavier and people live longer and longer, more things can get in the way of healthy breathing.
Sleep Apnea is Dangerous
  • Sleep Apnea has been associated with increased chance of heart attack, stroke, seizures, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, loss of libido and impotence, weight gain, poor job performance, strained relationships, excessive daytime tiredness, poor memory and inability to concentrate, irratability and personality changes, headaches, GERD, and many other conditions.
  • As an independent predictor, Sleep Apnea increases your odds of having a heart attack 23.3 times! (to put that in perspective, hypertension increases your odds 7.8 times and smoking increases them 11.1 times)​
  • 25% of sleep apnea patients have cardiac ischemia and 50% have hypertension
  • 40% of people who have had a stroke and 40% of people who have had a heart attack have sleep apnea
  • Hospital stays for patients with Sleep Apnea are 2.8 times longer
  • Patients suffering from Sleep Apnea are likely to cut over 8 years off of their life
90%+ of patients with OSA are undiagnosed! That's right, 9 out of 10 people who have Sleep Apnea don't even know it yet!  And the biggest obstacle to treatment is knowing you have it!
Sleep Apnea Can Make It Harder For You To Get Healthy
If you have Sleep Apnea, all of your attempts to lose weight have had an increased likelihood of failure specifically due to your sleep apnea. OSA changes your body chemistry and makes it more difficult to lose weight, it decreases hunger control and gives your body a higher insulin resistance, which has been associated with weight gain and diabetes. When your sleep apnea is managed, that body chemistry changes. It gives you an edge, and makes your chances of success much more favorable. We would be willing to bet that once we get your sleep apnea under control, if you try something that maybe you've tried in the past and though would be able to help you manage your weight - we bet you'll notice a difference.
Sleep Apnea Limits Productivity and Quality of Life
  • The annual cost of motor vehicle accidents related to sleep deprivation totals over 12.4 billion dollars!​
  • Sleep deprivation has been implicated in the Exxon Valdez crisis, the Challenger incident, and both the Chernobyl and the Three Mile Island nuclear disasters
  • Fatigue and tiredness are known to have a significant effect on workplace productivity and performance, as well as decision making, judgement, critical thinking, memory, attention, reaction time, and even the relationships with those we love. 
To Get Diagnosed You DO NOT Have to Go Sleep in a Lab Bed!
WIth convenient, accurate, and easy-to-use Home Sleep Tests (HSTs), you can get tested for sleep apnea in the comfort of your own home! Contact us today to take a sleep test in your own bed. 
The Mask is NOT the Only Treatment Option
There are multiple options for treating Sleep Apnea, some of which are very highly rated by patients.  Please don't let fear of a treatment prevent you from getting tested for the condition! We can help you find a treatment that works for you and we always take patient preference in to account when determining a custom plan. For more information about treatment options, visit our Treatment Options page. 
We make the whole process EASY! 
We can coordinate and assist you through every part of your care: from getting a simple test, to getting diagnosed, to hearing about your treatment options in a friendly, pressure-free enviornment, and even to helping you minimize or elimiate the cost to you! We are your Sleep Coordinators throughout the entire process. 
Please contact us today if you think you or someone you know may be affected by this disease. (316) 613-3300