Sleep Apnea: What is it?

Are you tired? Do you snore? You may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of partial or complete blockage of the upper airway during sleep. This obstruction leads to brief interruptions of breathing, resulting in disrupted sleep patterns and a range of health issues.  Some of the symptoms of OSA include day time tiredness, loud snoring, waking up gasping, need to frequently urinate at night and morning headaches. OSA affects millions of people worldwide, and if left untreated, it can have serious consequences.

The good news is that Obstructive Sleep Apnea is easily treated.  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is considered the gold standard and the most effective treatment for sleep apnea.

CPAP involves a machine that delivers a constant flow of pressurized air through a mask worn over the nose or both the nose and mouth.  This positive airway pressure keeps the airway open during sleep, preventing the collapse or narrowing that causes apnea events.

CPAP therapy offers numerous benefits beyond alleviating the symptoms of sleep apnea.  It helps lower blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular problems.  Additionally, CPAP can improve cognitive function, mood and concentration, while also reducing the risk of accidents caused by excessive daytime sleepiness.  Moreover, CPAP therapy has been shown to have positive effects on metabolic health.  It can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, making it particularly beneficial for individuals with diabetes and prediabetes.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a prevalent sleep disorder with significant health implications and CPAP therapy stands as the most effective treatment. Embracing CPAP therapy can help individuals regain control of their health and live a more fulfilling life. 

If you think you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, contact your doctor or speak to an M-KEM Pharmacist or Nursing Sister for assistance. 

Existing CPAP users please note that M-KEM 24 HOUR MEDICINE CITY stocks ResMed and Fisher & Paykel machines, masks and disposables.  Visit M-KEM’s Orthopedic department for expert advice and to view our range of CPAP treatment equipment.