Monday, March 18, 2013

Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know it?

While I was growing up I knew that my father had some kind of sleeping problem, besides loud snoring. He would snore alright but then he would abruptly stop with a snort then go back to snoring, this pattern would go on night after night. (I don’t know how my mother put up with it!) Of course now this is the common symptoms of sleep apnea, which I have as well.  Back then I can’t remember anyone ever using the term sleep apnea unlike now where sleep apnea as well as many other sleep disorders are being treated everywhere.  So it was a big surprise to see that in a recent study only a small number of folks knew that they had sleep apnea.

According to a study done by Phillips Electronics in the Netherlands only 22 percent of the participants who were determined to have sleep apnea actually knew already that they suffered from this sleep disorder. This is really amazing to think that close to 80 percent of the folks who have sleep apnea didn’t know it. I guess it shows that there is still is room for more public information on the matter.

Another possible reason is that some people might just think that they are light sleepers or maybe their only real problem is snoring. That is why it is so important to contact a doctor who specializes in sleep problems especially sleep apnea.

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