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Myth Busted! “I’m too fit for sleep apnea”

So, you work out every day or at least 3 times per week. Your health is great, your eating habits are superb and you appear to be invincible to those around you because of your active, healthy lifestyle. Even though all of this is helpful and will drastically lower your chances, you can still become diagnosed with sleep apnea just like anyone else. Sleep apnea is quite common. 1 in every 5 American adults have been diagnosed with some form of sleep apnea during their lifetime.

Sleep apnea is not just concerning tracheal blockages during sleep (obstructive sleep apnea – OSA), it can also be caused due to neurological deficiencies which can cause apneas. Otherwise, known as Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). With CSA, for some reason, your brain does not signal to your body that it has to breathe. The effects of either OSA or CSA are the same. You suffer from apneas, which lead to a host of other issues if left untreated.

Individuals who fall under the following categories have a higher risk of being diagnosed with sleep apnea:
  • Overweight
  • Male
  • Genetics (someone in your family had or has it)
  • Over the age of 65
  • Prior medical condition
  • Newborns to adolescents
  • African American, Hispanic, or a Pacific Islander
  • You smoke

However, it is important to realize that individuals with normal weight are not except nor immune from sleep apnea. Again conditions such as jaw anatomy, genetics or some condition related to CSA can cause you to still become diagnosed with sleep apnea. If you are concerned that you may have sleep apnea, contact your primary care physician for additional advice. He or she may recommend a sleep study in order to know for sure if you have sleep apnea or not. For information concerning your sleep apnea needs feel free to contact us at 1-888-345-1780, we’ll be glad to help.