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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
OSA is a condition in which a person stops breathing repeatedly through the night. Breathing stops because the throat or "airway" collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs. Sleep patterns are disrupted, resulting in excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day.
What causes the airway to close during sleep?
Extra tissue in the back of the airway, such as large tonsils, decrease in the tone of the muscles that hold the airway open, the tongue falling back and closing off the airway.
What should you do if you suspect you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Evaluation by a doctor specializing in sleep disorders is recommended. Have a sleep study done. A sleep study can provide the doctor with information about how you sleep and breathe. This information will help the doctor to determine your diagnosis and treatment options.
What are potential consequences of untreated OSA?
There is possible increased risk for:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease and heart attack
- Fatigue-related motor vehicle and work accidents
- Decreased quality of life
What is the treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Most commonly, positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is the treatment of choice for OSA. It is noninvasive and can alleviate the symptoms of OSA when used as prescribed. Less commonly, surgery or oral appliances are used, which may be effective in certain cases. Any treatment plan should include weight loss if needed, exercise, and avoidance of alcohol, sedatives, and hypnotics.
Is there a cure for sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a long term condition, the most common therapy is PAP therapy.
What are the night time symptoms of OSA?
- Loud or disruptive snoring
- Witnessed pauses in breathing
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Restless sleep
- Frequent visits to the bathroom
What can put you at increased risk for OSA?
- A large neck or tongue
- Extra tissue or crowding in the airway
What is the correct spelling of sleep apnea?
You may have come across two different spellings of sleep apnea - the US spelling 'sleep apnea' and the UK spelling 'sleep apnoea'. The US spelling 'sleep apnea' is more widely recognised and we have therefore opted to use this spelling within our sleep apnea website.
My mask seems dirty. How can I clean it?
Cleaning your mask every day is a very important part of mask maintenance. Here are three easy steps to keep your mask clean:
- The mask should be disassembled per the Instructions for Use. Wash the mask components in warm water with mild soap and air dry. Avoid soap with moisturizers. Do not use bleach, alcohol, or cleaning solutions containing alcohol.
- Wash your face thoroughly before using your mask. Avoid using skin lotions before putting on your mask.
- Inspect your mask. Replace the mask if the cushion becomes hardened or if any parts become damaged.
How do you know when you should replace your mask?
Replacing your equipment is an important part of being successful with your sleep therapy. There are several factors you need to watch for related to replacing your mask:
- seal deterioration in the mask,
- an improperly fitting mask, and
- a mask damaged by improper cleaning.
What cleaners should I not use when cleaning my mask?
Avoid soap with conditioners or moisturizers. Do not use bleach, alcohol, or cleaning solutions containing alcohol.