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01-05-2018 - Sleep Apnea, A Serious Sleep Disorder


Sleep Apnea

The Death of Simone Blair '83


Sleep Apnea is serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour.

If you are diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, nightly treatment consists of using a CPAP mask and machine while you sleep. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. It keeps your airway open so you can consistently breathe. Without it your brain oxygenation can dip from 98% to 65% resulting in oxygen deprivation. Simone Blair's brain was seriously deprived resulting in her death.

Cardiovascular disease, strokes, diabetes and automobile accidents are all at the top of the list for fatalities for those who suffer from the disorder.

You have to remember that CPAP always works. People may not like it, but it always works. There simply is no other medical equipment method. However, there is always the alternative of surgery. It has a very low success rate. Surgery reduces snoring to a quieter whistling, but sleep apnea always comes back. Surgery can include soft palate cut back, tonsils and uvula removed, and the repair of deviated septums. There's a lot of pain and a long recovery period. It's not worth it and a majority of doctors do not recommend it.  

Anyone who believes they may have Sleep Apnea should get diagnosed and receive treatment. Your life depends on it!

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