About half of people with sleep apnea are overweight. The condition is more likely among men than women and in older people than younger people — although children with enlarged tonsils are at risk.
Sleep Apnea is a medical condition that causes a person to actually stop breathing while asleep. These interruptions of oxygen cause a wide variety of symptoms and is linked to some serious conditions.
Apnea sufferers can stop breathing as many as 40 times per minute. They awaken feeling as though they had little or no sleep, which is actually true as they’ve been fighting for oxygen all night.
A BiPAP machine will benefit you If:
PAP is not oxygen–it is merely pressurized room air. It only causes your airway to open, it does not deliver air for you to breathe. It is not a ventilator. It’s easy to see why people confuse the two. When sleep apnea occurs, a person’s oxygen level drops. However, the first line of defense for sleep apnea is not oxygen it is PAP. In rare cases, such as with sleep apnea patients who also have COPD, something known as supplemental oxygen is given along with PAP, usually through the PAP mask by way of extra tubing. Back to FAQ main page ]]>
From the AHI rating chart here, we see that an index less that 5 is considered normal. For an Apnea-Hypopnea Index (or AHI) from 5 to 15 denotes mild sleep apnea. Fifteen to 30 is moderate, while a greater than 30 AHI is considered severe.
“a” + “pnea” = apnea Means no breath
“hypo” + “pnea” = hypopnea Means little breathIn Latin, “pnea” means breath. Translated, “a” is no and “hypo” means little. Put that all together and you have apnea (no breath) and hypopnea (little breath). While it makes a lot of sense that apneas are more critical and can result in bigger negative changes to the body and general health, hypopneas also result in changes. this means that both are important to understand, measure and track for your therapy So, we know that apneic events mean there is no breath that occurs for at least 10 seconds. Hypopneic events are counted as a reduction in airflow by ≥30%, and the drop in the airflow lasts greater than 10 seconds. There is a ≥3% oxygen desaturation or the event is associated with an arousal. An arousal from sleep means a brief awakening. People may or may not be aware of the arousals and simply drift back into sleep—until the next event occurs! Think about this happening HUNDREDS of times a night! It would make anyone have excessive daytime sleepiness the following day! Not to mention organs being oxygen deprived from breathing events! Alarming thoughts, don’t you agree? Back to FAQ main page ]]>
We know a fellow that snored so loudly, he was evicted from his apartment building. Neighbors above, below, aside- all could hear his snore vibrating the walls. He did snore for a time and was not tested for any sleep disorder…Until he drove his truck off a steep embankment. Miraculously he was not injured, but once he had a sleep study it was revealed his apnea was severe. Once a sleep specialist physician said, “You can bet that snoring is a cousin to sleep apnea. Once you have the snoring, its cousin is sleep apnea is eventually showing up at the family reunion!”
help you take care of your health, prepare for medical tests, and take your medicines or therapies the right way. Every time you talk with a doctor, nurse, technician, or pharmacist, use the questions to better understand your health… #1. What is my main problem? #2. What do I need to do? And #3. Why is it important for me to do this? SOURCE: Adapted from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health Back to FAQ main page ]]>