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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by obstruction of the upper airway during sleep, interrupting airflow and reducing blood oxygen levels. Common signs include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep. Sufferers stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer, up to hundreds of times per night, often reducing blood oxygen to dangerously low levels.
More than 43 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. To put this in perspective, according to AAA, approximately the same number of Americans – 43 million – traveled for Thanksgiving in 2012.
• Over 85% of people with OSA don’t know it – yet this syndrome can be deadly
• OSA can occur in anyone, though it is more common in men, adults and obese patients
• Patients with OSA are at an increased risk of other chronic diseases and accidents:
OSA frequently coexists with obesity, depression, diabetes, stroke, hypertension and erectile dysfunction, and can cause or aggravate these conditions.
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The AASM’s Sleep Education website provides accurate patient education information. Visit sleepeducation.org to learn about healthy sleep and sleep disorders. The site also has a searchable directory of AASM-accredited sleep centers across the nation.
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Medlineplus website from the national library of medicine. great resource on sleep disorders.
NIH government website page providing education on Sleep Apnea
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