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It sounds like an infomercial for weight loss pills. But a recent study presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) suggested that the less sleep you get the more likely you are to become obese. Read More...

Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Do you have any of these symptoms?
  • Limb jerking and kicking during sleep
  • Depression, reduction in motivation
  • ADHD symptoms (hyperactivity)
  • Morning headaches, bloodshot eyes
  • Multiple bathroom trips during sleep time
  • Heartburn (Acid Reflux)
  • Waking up very tired and thirsty
  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Poor ability to concentrate
  • Poor motor skills
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Weight gain and love handles in men 35+
  • Excessive sleepiness during waking hours
The National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research estimates that 38,000 cardiovascular deaths, due to sleep apnea, occur each year. Over the long term, serious sleep apnea conditions have been linked to a greater risk of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. However, sleep apnea was not well understood or recognized by the medical community until recently. And only a fraction of sufferers have been diagnosed and treated.

 

 

Some current facts about snoring:

30% of those over age 30 snore, rising to 40% in middle-age.
(Source: British Medical Journal, 1997)

Male:Female ratio = 2:1 with the gap closing after menopause
(Souce:Vancouver Sleep & Breathing Center)

5.6% of children habitually snore. (Source: Pediatrics Nov, 2001)

70 million Americans are chronically sleep deprived.

Approximately 20 million Americans have at least partial blockage of their airways and so snore.

Of these 20 million Americans, 12 million have obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).

50% of all adults report trouble sleeping, and 12% say the problems are frequent.

40% of all adults experience some type of sleep disorder.

Despite the availability of effective treatment, 70% of poor sleepers have not discussed their difficulties with a healthcare professional.

Only 1.5 million persons with Sleep Apnea - less than 10% of those with this problem - have received any kind of treatment.

Most people with Sleep Apnea stop breathing for 10-40 seconds each incident. In mild cases, this occurs 5-20 times per hour; in severe cases, 20 times or more. Some individuals with Sleep Apnea have as many as 500 apnea episodes a night!

38,000 people die each year from complications caused by sleep apnea. Sleep disorders cost the U.S. $46 billion a year in lost productivity.

People with Sleep Apnea suffer strokes 3-6 times more often than other Americans.

Various studies suggest that up to 74% of apnea patients have had one or more auto accidents attributed to drowsiness at the wheel.

People suffering from sleep apnea are six times more likely to be involved in a car crash (as a result of drowsiness) than those without sleep disorders.
(New England Journal of Medicine, Mar. 1999)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that each year drowsy driving "is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 40,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities."
(National Sleep Foundation)

Approximately 30% of people who snore and have a neck size of 17" will have sleep apnea.

60% of people with sleep apnea are overweight

An individual with untreated apnea is up to 4 times more likely to have a stroke and 3 times more likely to have heart disease.
(National Sleep Foundation)


"About one half of all patients who have essential hypertension have obstructive sleep apnea, and about one half of patients who have obstructive sleep apnea have essential hypertension.
(Am Fam Physician 2002;65:229-36)

Almost 85 percent of all individuals who snore exceed 38 decibels of sound - which is equivalent to the noise of light highway traffic! Men snore louder than women.
(Research by HealthEast and the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic)

The partner of someone who snores loses about an hour of sleep every night due to their partner's snoring.
(Mayo clinic study)

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