October 2014 starts with a comprehensive spotlight on Sleep Apnea as a national event. The American Sleep Association (ASA), its members and affiliates from around the world are setting the stage for the Sleep Apnea Awareness Week (October 6 -13, 2014).
An exclusive website will host important information on the signs, symptoms, risks, and treatment options of sleep apnea (http://www.SleepApneaAwarenessWeek.com ). Plus, affiliated sleep disorder treatment centers will discuss topics relating to sleep apnea with local media and the general public.
Concerted awareness on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is critically important. Statistics show that OSA affects over 5% of adults and 1% of children. But the scary concern is that most individuals affected by this disorder are not diagnosed. This undiagnosed section of people run increased risks of heart attack, stroke, motor vehicle accidents and deadly heart rhythms.
Sleep studies at sleep centers or through home sleep tests help diagnose OSA. The good news is that treated individuals minimize their risks and often feel more alert and refreshed. Treatment options are many – CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), weight loss, oral appliance device, and oral airway surgery.