OMAHA, NE, June 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Studies have shown that people today are getting twenty percent less sleep than they were a hundred years ago. A major change in the typical American lifestyle can account for a lot of sleep lost, but another factor keeping so many people awake is the rise in diagnosed sleep disorders.
One of the most prevalent sleep disorders-affecting over twenty million Americans-is a condition called sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea are often startled awake several times throughout the night while they sleep because their airways have become blocked by tissue at the back of the throat. The most severe type of sleep apnea-obstructive sleep apnea-actually thwarts those affected from breathing normally while they sleep.
There are a number of preexisting conditions that can put people at risk for developing sleep disorders. Though sleep apnea can affect anyone, it is especially predominant in people who are:
- Over the age of 40
Constant interruption of REM sleep leaves those with the condition feeling fatigued and sometimes even disoriented throughout the day. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to depression, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. For Omaha residents, treatment for sleep apnea can be found at Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic.
Put a Stop to Sleep Apnea
Depending on the type of sleep apnea you have, your treatment options may vary. For some people, simply selecting a different sleep position is enough to stop snoring and resume airflow. Others have found success with nasal decongestants. Because about seventy percent of affected people are obese, doctors will often recommend weight loss for patients suffering from sleep apnea. For others, however, these remedies aren't enough and further action is required.
At Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, our staff is able to fit Omaha patients with an oral appliance that repositions the jaw to prevent the tongue from falling back and obstructing the airway.
Another option for patients with more severe sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure-or CPAP-machine. Endorsed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, this is the standard therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP machine comes in two parts: the first is a mask that fits snugly over the wearer's mouth and nose and is worn during sleep. The second is a device that pumps clean air through a plastic tube leading to the mask. The machine works to keep the airway open all night and allows the patient to breathe steadily.
American lives are getting busier and busier. Don't waste another second of your precious time tossing and turning in your sleep. Let the professionals at Midwest Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic help you rest easy. For more information on sleep apnea in the Omaha area, call (402) 559-4000 today!
About Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, PC: Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic is the practice of Gerald B. Simons, MD, and Samuel M. Medaris, MD. Dr. Simons has been at the practice since 1978 and is an American Academy of Otolaryngology board-certified otolaryngologist. He specializes in nasal and sinus diseases and performs balloon sinuplasty. Dr. Medaris earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He was the main creator of the Minimally Invasive Sinus Center where he performs in-office minimally invasive outpatient procedures.
Gerald B. Simons, M.D.
Samuel M. Medaris, M.D.
Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, P.C.
2727 South 144th Street, Suite 105
Omaha, NE 68144
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