An Australian hacker has spent thousands of hours hacking the DRM that medical device manufacturers put on CPAP machines to create a free tool that lets patients modify their treatment.
There are many treatment options for a problem that can be downright deadly.
The condition is on the rise because the most frequent cause is obesity, which continues its unrelenting climb among American adults.
The evolutionary mistake that chokes millions of people every night.
Getting a good night’s rest is essential for good health, but people with sleep apnea aren’t able to succumb to slumber. Affecting an estimated 100 million people world-wide, obstructive sleep apnea causes episodes of stopped breathing during sleep, and the result is a fragmented, restless sleep that leaves sufferers exhausted and drowsy during the day. Here, five men and women speak about living with sleep apnea.
Feeling groggy? Does your bed partner observe you gasping for air at night? If so, you might have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). One of the most common sleep disorders, OSA affects approximately 5 to 6 percent of the adult population and 2 percent of children.
The standard treatment for people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea is a mask worn at night that helps them breathe without interruption. The mask is unwieldy and uncomfortable, however; one study found that 46 percent to 83 percent of patients with obstructive sleep apnea do not wear it diligently. Now scientists may have found an alternative, at least for some patients: a pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest that stimulates a nerve in the jaw...
For people with depression and obstructive sleep apnea, using a nightly device to improve breathing while asleep may also improve depression symptoms, according to a new review of the evidence.
The FDA approved the Inspire® device for use in patients who are unresponsive to or intolerant of other treatments for OSA in 2014. “This device operates by generating electrical stimulation, which advances the tongue forward and opens the pharyngeal airway during respiration. It is made up of three implanted elements: a breathing sensor, a small electrical impulse generator and a hypoglossal nerve stimulator,” the doctors reported.
Implantation can be done on an outpatient basis.
Decades ago, heart disease was thought of as a "man's disease" before well-targeted public education campaigns increased cardiac illness recognition among women and its profound impact on their health. Similarly, one of the most common sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has received a masculine label.
Got sleep apnea? Official treatment recommendations released Sept. 23 point to two complimentary approaches: Lose weight and undergo treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
Surgery, on the other hand, should not be considered as an initial treatment, as evidence is limited on its effects, the recommendations say.
A possible alternative for people who can't tolerate the traditional CPAP.
If there's one thing we think it's safe to say is almost always a bummer in the bedroom, it's snoring.
Just about everyone can name someone who snores like a chainsaw -- but a cloud of mystery and denial still swirls around the condition often confused for regular old snoring, sleep apnea.
Now an alternative form of C.P.A.P. is gaining popularity: a patch that fits over the nostrils. Called Provent, the patch holds two small plugs, one for each nostril, that create just enough air pressure to keep the airways open at night. It is far less intrusive than the traditional C.P.A.P. machine. It is also more expensive, and it doesn’t work for every patient.
You've likely heard of the "gold standard" for sleep apnea treatment, a machine with a running motor, tubing and a face mask called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. However, for many sleep apnea sufferers, relief lies far from the mask in an effective alternative treatment called oral appliance therapy.
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The National Sleep Foundation offers a number of resources to help patients who are currently suffering from or think that they may have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea patient are often older, obese and have thick necks, but men and women of any age or body type can have sleep apnea. The sleep disorder progressively worsens with age and weight gain.
There are two main types of sleep apnea:
•Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax
•Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
If you think you might have sleep apnea, see your doctor. Treatment is necessary to avoid heart problems and other complications.
The nonsurgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea include behavior therapy, medications, dental appliances, continuous positive airway pressure, bi-level positive airway pressure, and auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes your breathing to stop or get very shallow. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour.
The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea. It causes your airway to collapse or become blocked during sleep. Normal breathing starts again with a snort or choking sound. People with sleep apnea often snore loudly. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
You are more at risk for sleep apnea if you are overweight, male, or have a family history or small airways. Children with enlarged tonsils may also get it.
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can't detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, no blood test can help diagnose the condition.
Most people who have sleep apnea don't know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.
There are two types of breathing interruption characteristic of OSA:
•apnoea – where the muscles and soft tissues in the throat relax and collapse sufficiently to cause a total blockage of the airway; it is called an apnoea when the airflow is blocked for 10 seconds or more
•hypopnoea – a partial blockage of the airway that results in an airflow reduction of greater than 50% for 10 seconds or more.
The widely accepted definition of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a clinical condition in which there is intermittent and repeated upper airway collapse during sleep. This results in irregular breathing at night and excessive sleepiness during the day.
OSA is a worldwide phenomenon. Studies suggest a prevalence in Western countries of 3-7% of middle-aged men and 2-5% of middle-aged women.
OSA is more common in men, women after menopause and people who are over the age of 65. OSA can also occur in children.