Sleep Apnea 101: A Wake-Up Call

Suspect you have sleep apnea?

You're not alone.

Sleep apnea is likely the most common sleep disorder among American adults. It affects millions of people – most of whom don’t know they have the condition and are unaware of its dangers.

  • 42Million

    American adults are estimated to have some form of sleep apnea

  • 1in5

    people in the United States may suffer from OSA (obstructive sleep apnea)

  • 70%

    of the people with the most serious cases of sleep apnea are undiagnosed

  • 1:1

    After menopause, women are just as likely to have sleep apnea as men

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly — often hundreds of times per night. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not be getting the oxygen they need to do their job.

Diagram showing a non-obstructed airway. non-obstructed airway
Diagram showing an obstructed airway. obstructed airway

How sleep apnea cheats you
out of the rest you need

Sleep apnea seriously disrupts the normal sleep cycle, which is crucial to rejuvenating the body and the brain. Repeated apneas or disruptions deprive you of the most critical kind of sleep for recharging your batteries: deep and REM sleep. This means not only feeling tired and groggy during the day, but can result in dangerous health conditions and seriously compromise your quality of life.

20% + 20%

Normal

REM Sleep: Restores the Brain
DEEP Sleep: Restores the Body

Normal adults spend 20% of their sleep time in REM sleep and about 20% in deep sleep. It's estimated that people with severe sleep apnea, spend 0 - 10% in REM and 12% in deep sleep.

10% + 12%

Sleep Apnea

What sleep apnea can mean for you?

Untreated sleep apnea isn't just about snoring or feeling tired, it can servely affect your health, well-being, and longevity.

  • Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke

  • Sexual Dysfunction

  • Poor School & Work Performance

  • Weight Gain & Obesity

  • Up to 7 Years Off Life Expectancy

  • Increased Risk of Car & Workplace Injury

The numbers tell the story

Chronic Disease

83%

Up to 83% of patients with type 2 diabetes have unrecognized obstructive sleep apnea.

3x

Risk of stroke among patients with untreated sleep apnea are 3 times greater.

Injury Risks

800k

800,000 US drivers per year are involved in sleep apnea related traffic accidents.

2x

People with obstructive sleep apnea are nearly twice as likely to be hurt on the job.

Quality of life

69%

of male study participants with sleep apnea also had erictile dysfunction

10yrs

On average, people with OSA experience mild cognitive impairment 10 years earlier than people without sleep breathing problems

Are you at risk?

  • You snore loudly
  • You're above your optimal weight
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You frequently feel fatigued
  • You've been told that you gasp for air or hold your breath while sleeping

If any of this sounds familiar, you may have sleep apnea. Now's the time to do something about it.

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