Debunking Sleep Apnea Myths
Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Wed 05/31/2017 - 09:00
Dr. Ivan Stein of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions makes it a priority to educate his patients on proper sleeping habits and sleep apnea. In this month’s blog post, the trusted specialist decided to set the record straight on four common myths related to sleep apnea.
Myth #1: Everyone who has sleep apnea, snores.
Although snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, not everyone with the condition snores. Sleep apnea causes a person to stop breathing while they sleep, which may or may not result in snoring. Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness, poor memory, difficulty concentrating, irritability and mood swings. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult a specialist.
Myth #2: Only older people can get sleep apnea.
Although adults over the age of 40 are more likely to develop sleep apnea, the condition can affect people of all ages, including children. Other common risk factors include being overweight, a family history of sleep apnea and smoking. Research also shows individuals of African-American or Hispanic descent have a higher risk of developing sleep apnea.
Myth #3: Sleep apnea only affects one’s ability to sleep.
The effects of sleep apnea extend far beyond bedtime, taking a toll on one’s daily life and overall health. Patients with sleep apnea are often tired and irritable during the day. Daytime sleepiness can contribute to accidents at work and while driving. Sleep apnea has also been linked to chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, cancer, depression, and liver problems.
Myth #4: Sleep apnea can only be treated with a CPAP machine.
Thanks to modern advances in medicine, CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machines are not the only treatment option for sleep apnea anymore. Oral appliance therapy involves using a dental device (similar to a mouth guard) to clear the airway during sleep and allow for clear, unobstructed breathing. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove whatever is blocking the air passages and enlarge the airway. Typically, surgery is only recommended after other sleep apnea treatments have failed.
To learn more about sleep apnea, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein. Call New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions at (855) WHY-SNORE or (855) 949-7667 today.