What is Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
OSA (also called sleep apnea) is a common disorder in which patients stop breathing whilst they are asleep. It is suggested through studies that at least 10% of the US population has Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea occurs when the back of the throat collapses numerous times during the night causing the airflow into the lungs to be cut off.
Sleep Apnea sufferers wake up multiple times throughout the night (not always being able to remember doing so) and generally are tired during the daytime. Each stoppage in breathing leads to a drop-in oxygen level resulting in stress release of adrenaline. Combined, this can contribute to high blood pressure and put a strain on the heart. If left untreated, Sleep Apnea can lead to serious long term health risks. Studies indicate that treatment of sleep apnea can make people feel better and reduce the risk of serious medical complications.
What is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure CPAP?
Continuous positive airway pressure is commonly referred to by its acronym - CPAP. CPAP machines are being used by millions of people world-wide every night. The Pretoria Sleep Clinic can get you a CPAP machine by writing a prescription after your condition has been diagnosed. CPAP Essentials in Pretoria supplies CPAP machines and accessories throughout Southern Africa.
CPAP is delivered through a mask that covers the nose (or sometimes both the nose and mouth). CPAP works by pumping air into the nose and throat. This pumping of air causes a positive pressure to hold the upper airway open during sleep. When the upper airway is open, undisturbed airflow can pass to the lungs. A person using a CPAP machine will sleep more soundly. CPAP machines can almost always help sufferers of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea sufferers are advised to use their CPAP machines every time they sleep to maximize benefits.
If you feel that have the common symptoms of sleep apnea, visit your General Practitioner and he will advise you further. You will need a referral from your doctor to make an appointment at a Sleep Clinic.