Sleep Apnea

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Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Mental Health?

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that’s surprisingly common. Despite this, many people with sleep apnea don’t realize they have it even though they feel fatigued constantly.  Because the disturbances occur during sleep, it’s usually a loved one who notices the snoring, gasping for air, and pauses in […]

Downplaying the Downsides of CPAP

A Common Solution to Treat Sleep Apnea For patients suffering from sleep apnea, the first line of defense is a continuous positive airway pressure machine, also known as a CPAP. It’s a machine that works by sending air pressure through your nasal passages from a mask worn each night. CPAP keeps your airway open and […]

Don’t Go on a Diet for Sleep Apnea — Change It

What is Sleep Apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious health condition that occurs when a person’s breathing is repeatedly interrupted while sleeping. This is caused by a blockage in the airway, which typically occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse against the back of the throat. Those who suffer from sleep apnea […]

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Can Sleep Apnea Be Misdiagnosed as ADHD?

Can Sleep Apnea Be Misdiagnosed as ADHD? When a child seems restless, lacking in energy or concentration, or has behavior issues, oftentimes a trip to the pediatrician may result in a diagnosis of attention-deficit hypertension disorder (ADHD). However, ADHD is often diagnosed when the child’s sleep patterns should be examined instead. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) […]

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Sleep Apnea and Weight Gain

There’s a strong correlation between sleep apnea and weight. In fact, “about half of people with sleep apnea are overweight.” Excess weight accumulates in the soft tissue of the mouth and throat, increasing the pressure on the patient’s airway. This makes the patient much more vulnerable to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can also lead to […]