Tired All The Time

It doesn’t seem to matter how many hours you sleep, when you go to bed or when you wake up…you are exhausted all day long. Your powers of concentration are at low ebb; you might feel depressed; you nod-off at inappropriate times. Lack of energy and precious little enthusiasm for life have become the norm. All manners of medications have probably been tried, each with it’s own set of negative side-effects. The quality of your life is taking a serious hit.  What could be happening?

There is a real chance that your night-time sleep is being disrupted by some sort of airway disturbance. You are not alone!  A recent study estimated that up to 24% of men and 9% of the women in the United States suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  OSA is one of the most severely under-diagnosed conditions in our population. It is estimated that 90% of the population suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea have not been diagnosed or treated.

Being exhausted and unfocused is serious enough, but Sleep Apnea has serious health consequences.  Hypertension, obesity, heart failure,  arrythmias,  gastroesophogeal reflux disease(GERD), diabetes, heart attack and stroke are but a few of the health problems indisputably associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

I’m going to ask you to do a couple of  things which might change your life:

1. There is a simple, quick test which has proven to be effective in screening for sleep apnea.   It takes just a a minute or two and might save not only the quality of your life, but your life itself.   A recent study of 6441 patients showed that men age 40-70 with sleep apnea had an increased risk of all cause mortality- twice that of those without sleep apnea.  An estimated 25% of males and 9% of women will develop sleep apnea during their lifetime.

2. Ask your bed-partner to look at a brief video with you of  an individual who has Obstructive Sleep Apnea.If the video looks and sounds familiar, or if the test shows you might have above normal sleepiness, call Dr. Goldman for a consultation.

 

If you sleep alone or if you are just curious to listen to what you sound like when asleep, you can download an entertaining, well-designed App from itunes. It is not to be considered a medical test, but it can be valuable.  Sleep Apnea is a continuum and progressive.  That is, at one end of a scale is ‘benign snoring‘ and at the other end of the scale is ‘severe apnea‘.  The trend is usually to progressively worsen with age and loss of muscle tone… 70% of people with Sleep Apnea snore- click here to see the App.  Have fun… and let me know how you do: