How to Cope with Sleep Apnea

Do you wake up feeling tired with a headache in the morning? Do you have problems concentrating or forget frequently? Or do you snore while sleeping? These are all common symptoms with patients who suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a very common problem in society today. OSA affects approximately 12 million people in the US alone. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by abnormal pauses in a patients sleep pattern. The pause is classified as an apnea event and is measured by how many seconds or minutes a patient stops breathing in an hour. When a patient stops breathing, it means that your brain or the rest of your body may not be getting enough oxygen. If a patient has sleep apnea it can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, and depression. Sleep apnea if untreated can worsen a patient’s current medical condition. Sleep apnea is easily diagnosed and can be treated.
The most common treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea is a machine called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). A CPAP machine is used with a mask that fits over the nose and mouth and provides a steady pressure to assist in keeping the airway open. Ask your doctor about an overnight test called polysomnogram, commonly called a sleep study.

At American Medical we pride ourselves with providing the highest quality brands of home and portable oxygen for our patients. We are pleased to introduce our new line of sleep products that will include CPAP, BIPAP, masks, and accessories. We are committed to helping our patient have a more restful night of sleep. Please feel free to contact us at 1-877-744-9271 and a representative would be happy to help you choose and select the right sleep product to meet your needs with your physician’s recommendation.

Information on this page is for reference and educational purposes only. For more information about sleep apnea, talk to your doctor or primary care provider.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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