Sleep disorders have become a notable health issue in the United States with an estimated 40 million people suffering from chronic long-term sleep disorders every year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. They also reported that an additional 20 million people experience sleeping problems occasionally.
Topics: Sleep Apnea
There is nothing more refreshing than waking up after a full night’s rest. However, when diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may not have the same experience. But you’re not alone. In fact, up to 50% of people diagnosed with COPD report experiencing some level of insomnia. Such as sleep disruptions, trouble sleeping well throughout the night, or difficulty falling asleep.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can have major consequences if it goes untreated. For starters, there are 3 types of sleep apnea; obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and mixed sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. If your sleep apnea goes untreated the consequences include high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, depression, diabetes, and you could possibly fall asleep behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Sleep apnea is more common among men more so than women. Specifically African-American and Hispanic men. Other risk factors for sleep apnea include: