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Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders in the United States, affecting as many as 18 million Americans. The disorder is characterized by frequently interrupted sleep due to the airways being blocked. It can lead to a host of other health issues, which is why it's so important that you get checked out if you believe you have it. About 2-4% of the people in the U.S. go undiagnosed, accounting for about 1 in 50 being undiagnosed. Read on for some facts you may not have known about this sleep disorder.

1. Those who leave this disorder untreated are at a four times higher risk of stroke and a three times higher risk for heart disease than those without it.

2. On average, someone with sleep apnea experiences 60 apneas per hour each night.

3. About 38,000 deaths per year are caused by cardiovascular issues stemming from sleep apnea, says the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research.

4. Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea than women.

5. When comparing those with asthma and those without, those with asthma had a 40% higher chance of developing sleep apnea.

6. Most (80%) patients say they do not use their CPAP machine enough to be safe. In fact about 50% stop using CPAP machines just a few weeks into treatment.

7. For continued insurance and results, a patient should be using their CPAP machine 70% of a 30 day period. This means four hours or more per night.

8. Treatment preferences between nasal pillows and CPAP masks are even. About 50% like nasal pillows better, 45% went with nasal masks, and 5% don't have a preference.

9. Once they are over 60 years old, patients requires heated humidification in their CPAP machines.

How do you handle sleep apnea? Do you have any tricks for starting out? Let us know!