Introduction to OSA
There are several causes that may be behind your sleepless nights but the most common sleep disorder affecting 4-5% of the population is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
According to Philips Respironics, about 100 million people suffer from OSA with 80% of sufferers remaining un-diagnosed.
People who have OSA stop breathing repeatedly because their airway collapses due to potential factors such as a large tongue, extra tissue in the airway, or decreased muscle tone holding the airway open.
As a result, air is prevented from entering the lungs. This pause in breathing can happen 30+ times per hour.
When sleep is interrupted in this way, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other serious health conditions may increase.