This is caused by the upper airway relaxing and then narrowing or closing, partially or completely blocking airflow. When you have sleep apnea, your body is in a constant struggle between breathing and sleeping. Fortunately, breathing wins, but you’re losing out on sleep.
These pauses in breathing can occur a few times a night or, in severe cases, many times an hour. When sleep apnea goes untreated, your sleep is non-restorative and you also risk other harmful effects related to memory, concentration, aging, diabetes, heart disease, weight, blood pressure and metabolic disorders.
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
You may have no obvious signs of sleep apnea and still have the condition. Or, you may notice one or more of the following:
Why is sleep apnea a problem?
Sleep apnea is not a condition that should be ignored as it can increase your risk for:
How is sleep apnea treated?
SleepCharge almost always treats sleep apnea through Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy, the most effective treatment for sleep apnea. You’ll be equipped with a PAP device that keeps your airway open at night through the use of pressurized air. We’ll help you manage your treatment to make it comfortable and in tune with your lifestyle.
When you’re a SleepCharge patient, you’re in good hands for sleep apnea treatment. The ongoing support offered in the SleepCharge program is our “secret sauce,” and can help you start and stay on treatment.
What are the benefits of PAP treatment?
While adjusting to PAP therapy can take some effort, most people find the payoff worthwhile. You may notice:
How do I find out if I have sleep apnea?
If you are a SleepCharge participant, the process is simple: it starts with a Sleep Checkup™, a brief online questionnaire that provides a personalized report of your sleep including risk factors for sleep apnea. Go to your employer’s SleepCharge page to access the Checkup.
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