Good sleep is critical for one’s overall physical and mental health. However, people who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may not be getting enough oxygen while they are asleep. OSA is a disorder where breathing stops while asleep. The dip in oxygen while asleep is associated with increased risk of heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, impotence and even depression.
Important Facts about OSA
- 25% of all Canadians are at risk of developing OSA.
- Overweight men older than 40 years old who snore have a 50% risk of having OSA.
- 75% of people with OSA do not even know they have it!
OSA can be easily treated with either a CPAP breathing machine or a comfortable dental device that is worn during sleep. If you think you or a loved one may have OSA, a sleep study is the first step in taking better care of your health.