Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Welcome to I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This website is entirely dedicated to the patients, family members, friends and neighbors of all of the 30-40 million people who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA). This is a sleeping disorder which can be treated very easily, and can positively change the life of not only the person who directly suffers, but family members of the sleep apneic as well.

Sleep Apnea is something that effects so many people in the United States and abroad, yet so little is done to eliminate this sleeping disorder from altering individuals lives.

With looking through the web pages on this website, you should have most of your questions answered about OSA. If you still have additional questions, please feel free to contact your primary care physician, or your local sleep doctor.

Remember, sleep apnea has been linked to several commercial airplane crashes, and is the cause for hundreds of car accidents each day in the United States and abroad. Sleep Apnea is also one of the leading underlying causes of fatigue.

What is Obstuctive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder which causes the airway to become obstructed while someone is sleeping. This is something dangerous because when the airway is obstructed, oxygen is not able to find its way into the lungs which is obviously something our bodies need all day and all night. Usually what happens is the brain realizes that death is near and it causes the body to move to open up the airway, and that is when air is finally able to get back into the lungs. At this point, the heart starts racing away and has to play catch up since oxygen levels are low. This is one of the main reasons why sleep apnea patients usually have high blood pressure.

Who Has Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

The quick answer is that all types of people from all types of nationalities and backgrounds have OSA.  Sleep Apnea is one of those things that definitely does not discriminate.  There are however some groups that are at a higher risk of having sleep apnea.
Some high risk groups for sleep apnea are the following:
type 2 diabetics– this group has about a 50% chance of having sleep apnea
stroke patients– this group has about a 70% chance of having sleep apnea
high blood pressure patients– this group has a 35% chance
congestive heart failure patients– about 50% chance
The reality is that in nearly every family, there is someone who has sleep apnea or possibly several people.  It is nothing to be ashamed of.  But, if you do not treat it, you run a very high risk of developing serious health problems further down the road.

Snoring is one of the most common signs of people who have sleep apnea.  Just think, who snores in your family?  It may very well be you.  In order to gain the best possible health your body deserves, you should seriously consider fixing your sleep apnea if you believe you may suffer from it.