Tired of Being Tired?
If you are one of 20 million Americans unknowingly suffering
from sleep apnea, you are missing out on the quality of life
you deserve. Individuals with sleep apnea are at higher risk for heart attacks,
strokes, high blood pressure, headaches, asthma and depression. This easily treated,
common sleep disorder associated with weight gain and obesity, has
been deemed the #1 risk factor for car accidents.
Over 60 million Americans suffer from one of more than 80 different sleep disorders. These sleeping disorders can have a profound effect on everything from driving a vehicle, to work and school performance, to relationships with family and coworkers. Leaving a sleeping disorder undiagnosed and untreated not only affects your life, but those around you. Your own health is jeopardized by increasing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and immune system damage. Others around you while driving or at work can be placed at risk by your fatigue, inability to concentrate, and rapid mood swings. Of course there is also the lack of sleep your sleeping partner may be experiencing due to chronic snoring. Delta Sleep Labs Inc. was founded to address the acute need and the rapid expansion of a national healthcare risk resulting from the co-morbidities of Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. These two, tightly correlated, diseases actually negatively feed each other, affecting one’s health – lethally. Delta Sleep Labs is dedicated to this cause; it is our wish to have the entire nation join us to – Eat Better, Sleep Better and Live Better! We promise our total care and our utmost personal attention to each and every one of our current and future patients.
Know the Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
Daytime sleepiness is one of the most common signs of a sleep related disorder. People often attribute daytime sleepiness to aging, lack of exercise or being overworked. For these and many other reasons, people live with persistent daytime sleepiness without realizing that it may be a symptom of a sleep disorder. Other signs and symptoms of sleep-related disorders include:
- Snoring that is accompanied by pauses in breathing,
- Loud or disruptive snoring,
- Difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep,
- Awakening from sleep and feeling unrefreshed or with a headache,
- Creepy crawling sensations in the legs or arms during evening hours,
- Physically acting out dreams during sleep.
We have all heard someone poking fun at a partner or roommate who snores loudly. But despite the many jokes, the nightly noise is much more than a relationship strain. Snoring may likely be indicative of a serious medical condition and left untreated, it can result in illness and even death. Sleep Apnea is a disruption of breathing while asleep and is often the cause of loud snoring. The sleep and oxygen deprivation experienced by someone with sleep apnea can have a significant impact on their well-being.
"50% of those with loud snoring suffer from sleep apnea
Snoring occurs because of an obstruction or a narrowing of the airway. The more the airway narrows or is blocked, the harder the body has to work to push air out, putting increased pressure on the heart. Over time, this increased pressure on the heart will have a detrimental effect on the heart muscle, leading to conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke. People who snore do experience a higher incidence of stroke and cardiovascular disorders. Sleep apnea is at the extreme of the snoring spectrum. As the sound and persistence of a patient's snoring grows, so do the health concerns.
Loud snorers are at a:
- 40 percent greater risk than non-snorers of suffering from high blood pressure.
- 34 percent greater risk of having a heart attack.
- 67 percent greater chance of having a stroke.
What Can You Do?
A sleep disorder can exist for weeks to years before a person recognizes it. It's not normal to always feel sleepy during the daytime or have problems falling asleep, staying asleep, or awakening unrefreshed. These are signs to discuss with your doctor.
Be prepared with information about your sleep patterns and provide your doctor with as much supporting information as possible. You may need to ask your bed partner to find out if you snore or kick during the night. Tell your doctor if you're waking up with a dry mouth, snore, experience morning headaches, can't sleep or awaken night from in the middle of the night, or experience a tingling in your legs during the evening.
Many people are predisposed to developing sleep disorders. If you think that your bed partner has signs of sleep disorder, then let him or her know as he or she may be unaware of it. Sleep disorders also exist in children. A parent with a sleep disorder often passes along those genes or traits that increase the likelihood that their children may also develop the same disorder.
At your next primary care doctor visit, tell your physician that you snore - even if you are not asked. Most doctors don't routinely ask patients about the quality of their sleep, giving the impression that it is not an important health factor. Good sleep is critical to good health!
Ask your doctor about getting tested for sleep apnea. Most likely, you will be referred to a sleep clinic for an overnight sleep evaluation. Delta Sleep Labs is a "State of the Art" 5 Star sleep disorder test facility.
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