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Why CPAP can save your life?

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Why CPAP can save your life?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is one of the most common sleep disorders today. A person suffering from Sleep Apnea, experiences frequent intervals of breathlessness during sleep. The airways close involuntarily, cutting off the oxygen supply to the brain and body. As a result the patient wakes up several times during night and is unable to get sufficient sleep required for regeneration of body processes. Despite its seriousness, the awareness about this disorder is minimal amongst people. This lack of awareness is the reason that Sleep Apnea goes on to develop several life-threatening conditions like –

  1. Chronic cardiac conditions: If left undiagnosed and untreated, Sleep Apnea can increase the risk of heart attack and cardiac arrest by 30%. Sleep Apnea also increases the incidence and risk of high blood pressure.

  2. Depression and elevated anxiety: Lack of sleep can cause a person to slowly slip into heightened levels of anxiety and clinical depression. If Sleep Apnea is not treated in time, both these conditions can have a debilitating impact on the individual's health.

  3. Paralytic stroke: Cerebral stroke can happen due to various neurological conditions. But the lack of oxygen supply to the brain during sleep can increase the risk of paralytic stroke significantly.

  4. Neurological disorders: Dementia and memory loss are serious risks of Sleep Apnea, which are caused by deterioration of neurological function.

  5. Behavioral inconsistency: Lack of sleep or frequently disturbed sleep can leave a person fatigued, drowsy, irritable and unable to focus at work. This could increase the risk of accidents during routine activities like driving, climbing stairs or cooking.

  6. Obesity and metabolic syndrome: One of the leading lifestyle disorders in today's urban population, obesity is also worsened by Sleep Apnea. Metabolic syndromes like insulin intolerance and PCOD is also aggravated by OSA in women.

  7. Diabetes: Even though diabetes is not triggered by Sleep Apnea, if left untreated, OSA can cause the blood sugar levels to remain way beyond 200.

  8. Impotence: Sleep Apnea can also over time affect the penile function, becoming the cause of impotence.

Why CPAP can save your life?

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a Gold standard treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. As a Sleep Apnea patient is rarely ever aware that most of his problems are caused by sleep obstruction, the only way to alleviate all these problems is by ensuring a disturbance free sleep. And the CPAP machine is designed to ensure just that! With sustained use of CPAP-

  1. High blood sugar levels and other diabetes symptoms are brought under control.

  2. High blood pressure is lowered during both day and night thus keeping your heart healthy and keeping cardiac arrests or coronary artery diseases at bay.

  3. Daytime sleepiness, dizziness, morning headaches and fatigue which could be cause of many work-place and commute related accidents, are significantly reduced.

  4. Improved neurological performance and better concentration levels.

  5. Risk of developing various forms of cancers is dramatically reduced.

  6. Heavy snoring and breathlessness at night is reduced, giving not just you but your partner also a good night's rest.

  7. Metabolic syndrome and obesity which keeps on increasing in a vicious circle of continued Sleep Apnea also gets significantly reduced with use of CPAP.

If your sleep specialist has advised you to use the CPAP machine for treating sleep apnea, don't hesitate. It might seem odd at first, wearing a Bane (from Dark Knight Rises) like mask to bed every night. But think of the relief you will enjoy from it, and the positive changes you will notice in your health and life, and you will only be too happy to use it consistently.

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