Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
ARE YOU AWARE THAT YOUR INSOMNIA MAY BE RELATED TO ANOTHER SLEEP DISORDER? IT CAN ALSO AFFECT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. ARE YOU AWARE OF THE IMPACT MENOPAUSE MAY HAVE ON YOUR SLEEP?
Clinical studies have shown a link between insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a common condition in which the upper airway repeatedly collapses during sleep, causing a decreased airflow that may lead to, or worsen, insomnia. Untreated OSA may cause excess stress on the heart, increasing the risk of uncontrolled blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
ARE YOU AT RISK FOR OSA?
- Do you snore?
- Do you ever stop breathing during sleep?
- Do you have trouble falling asleep?
- Do you awaken at night and have difficulty falling back to sleep?
- Do you feel sleepy during the day?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can assess your need to have further evaluation of your breathing while you sleep. A sleep study will diagnose whether you have OSA and indicate the best treatment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TREATING OSA?
Clinical studies have shown that treatment of OSA may:
- Reduce daytime sleepiness
- Improve daytime energy and stamina
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce potential risk for heart attack, stroke and heart disease
WHAT IS A SLEEP STUDY?
In order to be properly diagnosed, patients spend a night in a private room at a local sleep center, where sleep patterns, breathing and heart activity are monitored and recorded. The overnight recording is safe and painless.
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE OSA.
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