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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is very common.Symptoms include loud snoring and daytime fatigue. Statistic study shows that there are roughly two hundred million people with different grades of OSA in China. The good news is that OSA can be easily diagnosed and successfully treated. After treatment, many individuals have found improved quality of life and increased energy levels.

The Sound of Sleep Apnea

If you have heard this sound, you may know someone with sleep apnea, it can be life-threatening, please suggest to the person to see a doctor for treatment. You cannot enjoy high quality of life without good sleep. Voice source is from American Sleep Apnea Association.

The Sound of Sleep Apnea

How common is OSA?

Studies show that 1 in 5 adults (20%) have mild OSA and 1 in 15 (6.6%) that at least moderate OSA. OSA affects people of all ages, including children. The condition affects both males and females.

Why I get OSA?

In some individuals, the airway muscles become relaxed and narrow during sleep causing snoring. If they relax too much, they can completely block the throat; this will prevent airflow into the lungs and is called an Apnea.

If the throat becomes blocked, you must actually wake up to open the throat muscles and take a breath. Often, individuals don't remember waking up; however this disrupts your sleep causing fatigue on the following day.

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Common signs and symptoms

  •  Feel tired and exhausted during the day
  •  Headaches in the morning
  •  Short memory
  •  Mood depression, slow response
  •  Easy to get angry
  •  Job performance declines
  •  Loud snoring or stop breathing at night