Knowing the characteristics of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) will help you get to treatment faster.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition characterized by pauses (apnea) in breathing or shallow breathing (hyponea) while sleeping. Generally speaking the hallmark signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are usually snoring and daytime sleepiness.
If untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, obesity and the development of Type II diabetes.
Recent articles are suggesting links with OSA to depression, heart arrhythmias, and even Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Patients with untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea are at higher risk for surgical complications.
According to the Canadian Lung Association anyone of any age can get obstructive sleep apnea.
Your risk is higher if you have a combination of these risk factors
- You’re obese (very overweight)
- You have a large, thick neck (larger than 17 inches for men; larger than 16 inches for women)
- Your family has a history of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- You’re male
- You’re older than 40
- You have large tonsils
- You have a recessed chin (your chin tucks in)