Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder that causes your body to stop breathing while you sleep. It’s a potentially fatal condition with harmful complications that affects 1 in 4 Americans.2 However, more than 85% remain undiagnosed and untreated.3 Untreated sleep apnea is associated with a variety of dangerous comorbidities such as heart failure, stroke and obesity.
1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – the most common – is when your upper airway becomes blocked.
2. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is related to the central nervous system and occurs when the brain stops signaling the body to breathe until it detects a lack of oxygen. 3. Complex sleep apnea (CompSA) is a combination of OSA and CSA.
The OSA Cycle Untreated OSA causes sleep deprivation and may increase the risk of Heart attacks, Strokes, High blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes.
An estimated858,900 (3%) Canadian adults18 years and older reported being told by a health professional that they havesleep apnea.
In addition to those who reported being diagnosed with sleep apnea,over 1 in 4 (26%) adultsreported symptoms and risk factors that are associated with ahigh risk of having or developing obstructive sleep apnea.