Sleep Awareness Week Can Save Lives
Mar 6, 2012 - 8:49:35 AM
National Sleep Awareness Week™, which takes place March 5-11, 2012, is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep.
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The National Institutes of Health estimates that sleep-related problems affect 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages and socioeconomic classes, with an estimated 10 million Americans remaining undiagnosed. Sleep disorders are common in both men and women. The cumulative effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders represent an under-recognized public health problem and have been associated with a wide range of health consequences including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, stroke, and at-risk behaviors.
Most Common Sleep Disorder
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common of all sleep disorders. Estimates are that 50% of those who suffer from sleep apnea also have a snoring problem. According to the National Commission of Sleep Disorders Research, roughly 38,000 cardiovascular deaths annually are in some way related to sleep apnea. The links include high blood pressure, hypertension and stroke.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects breathing during sleep.
Apnea comes from a Greek word that stands for “want of breath.”
Sleep apnea is a chronic health problem and is also a progressive condition which means it can potentially worsen over time.
These cessations of breathing can last anywhere from a minimum of ten to thirty seconds and upwards to as much as four hundred per night in those with severe sleep apnea. Some individual are so plagued by the condition that they are awakened every thirty seconds a night with another apnea episode.
Important Sleep Apnea Facts
Sleep apnea is prevalent in as many as an estimated 18 million Americans alone. This statistic denotes that approximately 1 in every 15 Americans, or 6.62% of the total American population have a case of sleep apnea.
Two to four percent of all Americans have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea. This accounts for approximately 1 in 50 individuals being undiagnosed.
People that are afflicted with sleep apnea face a steep increase in chances of being part of a traffic accident. Due to the sleeplessness and lack of ability to concentrate that are associated with apnea, sufferers are six times more likely to die in a car accident. As a matter of fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that drowsy driving is responsible for, at the very least, 100,000 car accidents, 40,000 injuries, and 1,550 deaths per year.
People that have an untreated case of sleep apnea face a risk of stroke that is four times as likely as those who are not afflicted. Untreated sleep apnea sufferers are also three times as likely to have heart disease.
On the average night’s sleep, a sufferer of obstructive sleep apnea may experience 60 apneas per hour. This accounts for an average of 400 apneas per night!
According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, approximately 38,000 deaths occur on an annual basis that relate to cardiovascular problems that in one way or another are connected to sleep apnea. These problems include high blood pressure, hypertension and stroke, among others. An estimated six million American residents suffer from sleep apnea that is moderate to severe and may necessitate a late night visit to the e=emergency room. Unfortunately a great many people do not, as previously mentioned, even realize that they suffer from sleep apnea. This number is somewhere around 500,000 individuals.
As these statistics show, sleep apnea is not a problem to be taken lightly. The risks of mortality faced by those with untreated obstructive sleep apnea are simply not worth it when you consider all the types of sleep apnea treatment available.
Dr. Greenburg’s Solution
Unfortunately, many people do not realize that they suffer from sleep apnea unless someone else brings it to their attention.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea expert Jonathan Greenburg, DDS, founder of Snore No More, has created a brand-new, easy to use device for snoring that utilizes a special band to hold the tongue in place to prevent it from relaxing and closing the airway during sleep, yet still allows swallowing. The device has features that are not found in other solutions and will be available nationwide in April 2012.
Individuals who wonder if the suffer from sleep apnea or those who are challenged with wearing a CPAP machine or have been diagnosed with mild, moderate or severe Sleep Apnea are encouraged to contact Dr. Greenburg and Snore No More to schedule a FREE consultation.
The Doctors at Snore No More have information on every type of solution available.
About Snore No More
Snore No More is one of the only dental centers in the United States that is exclusively devoted to the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring. Dr. Greenburg, founder of Snore No More, utilized his Bioengineering Degree from Syracuse University to invent appliances that specifically address Severe Snoring & Sleep Apnea. These appliances have features not found in other solutions. The Doctors at Snore No More have information on every type of solution available so they can make recommendations based on each patient's needs. There are 5 Snore No More locations in California: Beverly Hills, Encino, Newport Beach, Pasadena and Valencia. For more information, please visit www.drgreenburg.com.
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