Why people don’t mind living with Sleep Apnea

Sleep Solutions
by
Ram

Lifestyle changes have made it impossible for an average individual to remain completely disease-free for long. Unless you are someone who eats a balanced diet, works out every day, meditates and practices good sleep hygiene; you may be suffering from one or the other lifestyle-related disorder.  Sleep Apnea is one such disorder which is affecting our generation at an alarming rate. Yet, even those people who are aware about the disorder and what kind of harm it can cause, hesitate to seek treatment for OSA. Here are some of the reasons why people don’t seek OSA treatment and continue to snore at night –

1. Snoring can’t mean I am not breathing: There is a common misconception about snoring that it is a sign of sound sleeping. So, when sleep apnea patients are informed about the loud snoring and choking sounds that they make while sleeping, they have a tendency to simply write it off as a side effect of fatigue or stress. They don’t realize that due to obstructions in the airway, they experience frequent sleep disruptions during night. Poor breathing at night in turn causes lack of blood oxygen which could further result in severe physiological and neurological disorders.

2. The true harm caused by OSA remains hidden: As sleep apnea is largely a sleep-related disorder and the patient suffering from OSA rarely realises that his body is not getting enough oxygen during the night. The connection between the morning headaches, chronic fatigue, nausea, irritability and Sleep Apnea may still be evident to people. But people don’t realize that conditions like blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, neurological disorder, hypertension and even depression are also initiated and worsened due to OSA.

3. Belief that it can be cured with lifestyle changes: Even people who do realize the fatalistic and debilitating nature of Sleep Apnea avoid seeking professional help as they believe the disorder to be lifestyle related. Therefore, they believe that lifestyle changes such as observing better sleep hygiene, eating right and working out can correct Sleep Apnea symptoms.

4. Fear of surgery: Sleep Apnea patients who realize the importance of getting their OSA treated are in fact afraid of surgery. As the condition largely pertains to tissue blockage of the airways and the blockage has to be removed for proper breathing to continue while sleeping, OSA patients assume surgery to be their only option. They don’t realize that for mild cases of Sleep Apnea, memory foam pillows and better sleep posture can also prove to be effective. Furthermore, there are various other alternatives to surgery which can enable a sleep apnea patient to sleep and breathe well at night.

5. The inconvenience of mask: Unfortunately, even the most informed patients are slaves to their personal comfort. They don’t want the inconvenience of wearing a mask every night at bedtime.  Also, depending upon the opinion and  experiences of other CPAP users and Sleep Apnea patients, these people delay the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea just to avoid the discomfort.

6. The cost scares them: And the most prevalent excuse is the high cost of CPAP treatment or surgery to correct Sleep Apnea. Although the upfront cost of Sleep Apnea treatment is quite high; the improvement in quality of life and alleviation of several disorders actually makes it a smart investment.

So if you are among those who have been suspecting the onset of sleep apnea and are hesitating in taking professional help, stop procrastinating and get a sleep study done at your nearest sleep clinic. Sleep Apnea treatment will not only let you sleep better at night but will also completely transform your life.

Similar Articles

8 Effective Home Remedies to Manage Gingivitis

If you are one of the millions of people who have gingivitis, you may understand how uncomfortable and embarrassing it can be. Gingivitis is a primary stage of gum disease that causes gum inflammation, swelling, and redness. 

7 Foods That Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

The number of people living with heart disease in the UK has reached an all-time high. Every five minutes, another person has admitted to the hospital due their condition worsens enough for them to require immediate treatment! 

Release Of Information

A release of information is a legal document that allows patients to specify what parts of their medical records they want to be made public, to whom they want those parts made public, for how long, and under what legal restrictions or rules. 

Inpatient & Outpatient CDI

Improvements in CDI's accuracy can lead to more accurate compensation for inpatient institutions. It's not just the first payment of claims that an inpatient CDI program has a financial impact on, though.

fear of death

Death anxiety, or the fear of death, is the persistent, abnormal fear of dying, whether it is the expected event of death, the process of death and dying, or a general fear of one’s own nonexistence.

Speech Disorders

It's only natural for young children to make mistakes in the early years of speaking as they experiment with new sounds and words. Some kids will talk with a lisp; others may stutter or mispronounce letters, syllables, or words.

teenage rehabilitation center

If you think your teenage child has a problem with alcohol or drug use, then you could think about contacting a rehabilitation centre where they will be able to treat a variety of different problems.

How to Stay on Top of Your Health as You Age

It’s no secret that as we age, health complications can arise. However, this doesn’t have to be your future.

How to Prepare for Old Age

There’s no escaping it; old age will come to us all. Try as we might, running from ageing is impossible. But, we can prepare for it. Old age will stop looking so menacing with a few lifestyle changes and planning.