Haunted Health: Seven Scary Sleep Apnea Facts
When you think about scary things, your thoughts probably gravitate towards ghosts, zombies, and vampires, or maybe your mind wanders to phobias like spiders, snakes, etc. Odds are, you aren’t exactly dwelling on sleep apnea facts to scare you straight. But let’s be real — There are plenty of real-life things which should scare you and you probably aren’t even aware of – like untreated sleep disorders which can affect your overall well-being.
So in the spirit of Halloween and all things scary, here are seven scary sleep apnea facts everyone should know about:
- People with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly while they’re sleeping. This can happen hundreds of times per night, and often for a full minute or longer. This is often why people with sleep apnea will gasp or choke while sleeping.
- Untreated sleep apnea can lead to some pretty scary health complications, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression
- CPAP masks are breeding grounds for mold, bacteria, and viruses, which thrive in warm, moist environments. CPAP users have an 18% higher risk of getting an infectious disease than those who don’t use CPAP therapy, typically as a result of dirty CPAP equipment.
- Many people have no idea they have sleep apnea. Studies estimate nearly 80% of people who have this sleep disorder are undiagnosed.
- Sleep apnea sufferers are 2.5 times more likely to be the driver in a car accident than those who don’t have this sleep disorder
- Weight gain. Extra pounds raise your chances of getting sleep apnea, and the condition also makes it harder to slim down.
- Sleep loss can lead to irreversible brain cell damage.
All scary stuff, right? But here’s the thing…
Just because your CPAP is an effective treatment, there is an effective alternative to treat mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Imagine a world in which you don’t need to spend 15 minutes thoroughly cleaning your CPAP machine each night. Or, a world in which you and your bed partner can actually experience a good night’s rest. Over 350,000 patients worldwide have found successful treatment with SomnoDent, a custom-made oral appliance for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). SomnoDent is custom-fit by a dentist and worn during sleep to provide Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT) by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstructive apneas while you sleep.
End the Nightmare
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