Sleep Apnea

Can Sleep Apnea Kill You? A Look At What the Science Says

If you’re reading this, you probably suspect that you or someone you love may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). You know sleep apnea symptoms can affect quality of life, but is it really all that serious? 

The shocking truth is that research has shown untreated sleep apnea is linked to an increased risk of death from all causes. You may hear different answers about this because the question “Can you die from sleep apnea?” is not the same question as “Can sleep apnea kill you?” 

Today we’ll take a look at what science says about both questions, as well as what to look out for and when to talk to your doctor.

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What is AHI? CPAP Terms Explained (Plus 6 Tips to Improve Your AHI)

Apnea hypopnea index or AHI rates the combination of apneas and hyponeas.  Apnea relates to the airway being completely cut off for a  Hyponea is a shallow breath instance where air is still being passed through partially, but is not fully obstructed.

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Foster's Sleep Apnea Story

Fathers play many roles in their children’s lives. They are providers, best friends, and oftentimes role models. I look up to my dad for his character, work ethic, and his ability to face adversity. He served in the U.S. military for over 20 years, and after retiring became a teacher for another 20 years. I can only hope to impact as many lives as he has with his generosity and will forever strive to be great like him. One of my biggest fears, however, is what if I can’t live up to those standards?

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CPAP Tricks, Tips, and Hacks

CPAP therapy has helped millions who have sleep apnea to get a better night’s sleep. Studies estimate that there are 22 million Americans that suffer from sleep apnea, and many of them are undiagnosed. Once you start your CPAP therapy, your overall state of health improves. It can, however, be difficult at first to get used to sleeping with your new mask or machine. How will it affect your regular sleep schedule? How hard is it to manage travelling with a CPAP machine? How difficult is it to keep up with cleaning supplies?

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What Does a Brain Without Sleep Look Like?

Individuals with sleep apnea may experience symptoms that resemble insomnia, such as memory loss and difficulty concentrating. Having sleep apnea can even lead to insomnia. Since apnea and sleep deprivation demonstrate very similar symptoms, it's important to consult with your doctor to determine what is causing the problem. No matter the cause, you will want to find relief so you can get back to everyday life!

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