Obstructive Sleep Apnea, (OSA) is a breathing disorder that, when left untreated, can have a devastating impact on your overall well-being. By definition, OSA is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. These pauses in breathing can last from 10 seconds to a minute or longer, and can occur as often as 20 to 60 times per hour.
Studies indicate that these “apnea events” can cause major changes in blood pressure and oxygen levels. Over time, the stress on your body builds, increasing your risk for devastating health problems such as the following:
The good news is that OSA is highly treatable. Each patient’s therapy is different, and is based on their medical history, physical examination and sleep study results, but the most commonly prescribed treatment is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Therapy. Pressure from an air blower opens the airway during sleep to prevent lapses in breathing.
CPAP Therapy is extremely effective in cases of Sleep Apnea, but, can also pose difficulties for the patient, especially in areas of discomfort while sleeping with required CPAP masks. Luckily, there are aids available to address some of the most common complaints that often accompany this therapy.See the new and improved CPAP Pillow from Contour Products.