Sleep Apnea, what is it?

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is a severely undiagnosed disorder that affects millions worldwide.  One estimate says over 17.6 Million Americans are undiagnosed with Sleep Apnea.  But why?  Well some associate the disorder with being overweight.  This is true a reasonable assumption, overweight people are more likely to have Sleep Apnea.  But first, let me explain what it is.

What is Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a blockage in someone’s airway.  This blockage will lead to them waking up periodically in their sleep.  Usually this isn’t enough to wake someone into consciousness, however, this will cause a microwake sometimes a hundred of these in one night.  The quality of sleep you will have goes severely down.  The extra tissue I mentioned earlier relaxes during sleep and collapses the airway, this is why it’s usually only a problem during sleep.

Crap how do I tell when I got it?

Ha ha probably the most important question you could ask once you what it is.  You need to look for signs and symptoms if you are ever going to notice it.  Here’s a short list of possible symptoms you may have.

  • You are overweight
  • Constantly tired even after sleeping the recommended hours
  • Your family has a history of Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring (KEY)
  • Abruptly awaking during the night (Bad Sleep Apnea)
  • Common headaches after sleep
Basically if your sleep sucks, this is a likely reason.  Sleep Apnea doesn’t discriminate, don’t think, phhhh I’m too good for this.  It won’t happen to me, I exercise sometimes.  Truth is it can happen to anyone.  It happened to my Dad too, he had a hard time deciding to order a CPAP but he was happy when he did.  His Sleep is 100x better.  If you notice these symptoms talk to a sleep doctor and consider looking at our catalog to see if the SlumberBump could help you sleep.

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Snoring is more than just a nuisance—it disrupts the sleep habits and lives of 90 million American adults and their partners. That's why we set out in 2003 to restore sleep and help as many people as possible live happier, healthier lives.