OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, often abbreviated as OSA (pronounced oh-ess-eh) is one of most common reasons an individual may need sleep therapy. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition in which breathing stops for periods of time during sleep. It is caused by a collapse of the upper airway resulting in a block to the flow of air in and out of the lungs.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea with daytime impairment is estimated to occur in 1 of 20 adults, many who remain undiagnosed and untreated. Research shows that men are twice as likely to have Obstructive Sleep Apnea as women.

Common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Frequent, recurrent nighttime awakening
  • Loud, disruptive snoring
  • Night time choking/gasping
  • Night time pauses in breathing
  • Not feeling refreshed following sleep

Additionally, these signs may also be present:

  • Depression
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration
  • Memory loss
  • Morning headaches
  • Night time chest pain
  • Sexual dysfunction

If you think you may have OSA or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we recommend that you see your physician. If you have been diagnosed with OSA, Medigas can provide you the products and services you’ll need to manage it with ease.