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Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Your Heart Health – RespShop

Why is sleep important to the heart?

While you may think that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an affliction that only affects your airway and quality of sleep, that’s not at all the case. When you sleep, your body essentially rebuilds itself, healing from the deleterious effects of the day, much like your computer may perform system updates overnight. Your heart rate and blood pressure drop, essentially letting your body’s processor sit idle.

So what happens when you interrupt that process? Just like messing with computer processes make things sluggish and prone to viral attacks, disturbing your sleep patterns can have a severe negative impact on the efficacy of your major organs—including your heart. According to research, poor sleep can cause complications like glucose imbalance, metabolic dysregulation, increased blood pressure, arrhythmia and organ inflammation, and has been linked to atrial fibrillation, stroke, myocardial infarction and death. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, so getting a good night’s sleep is vitally important.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

An estimated 22 million Americans have some form of sleep apnea and as many as 80 percent of those cases go undiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnea specifically, is associated with obesity, which is also a major risk factor for heart disease. In OSA sufferers, the muscles that hold open the airway lose tone and essentially crush closed when muscles are relaxed and the body is prone. Every time the airway buckles, breathing stops. Determine your risk factor for OSA and consult your doctor immediately.

What happens to your heart during OSA?

Obviously, oxygen is necessary to keep us alive; it’s why breathing is an involuntary response. While you sleep, your conscious self may not be aware of breathing difficulties and they may continue unabated. People with sleep apnea may experience pauses in breathing up to 30 times per hour or more, meaning that there are moments throughout those eight hours of sleep a night where the heart is starved of oxygen, which means your blood is starved of oxygen, which means all your other organs are starved of, you guessed it, oxygen. Plus, studies have shown that people who sleep fewer than six hours a night are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.

How can RespShop help?

RespShop.com is a leading retailer of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) breathing machines, which send warm, moisturized pressurized air through a tube and into a mask situated over your nose and/or mouth, gently keeping your airway open so you can breathe and sleep easily through the night. Shop now.

 

Reference: http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleid=1085729&issueno=3

Link Between Sleep Apnea & Silent Stroke – RespShop

What is silent stroke?

A silent stroke describes a stroke that occurs, but has no outwardly visible or identifiable symptoms typically associated with stroke like slurred speech, paralysis, face drooping, pain, etc. Most patients don’t even know they’ve had one, which makes them extremely dangerous if left unnoticed.

More than half of individuals who suffer a stroke also suffer from sleep apnea. Combined with the fact that silent strokes are virtually undetectable, you run the risk of severe, permanent damage if your sleep apnea goes undiagnosed or untreated. According to findings in a 2012 study by the Dresden University Stroke Center’s Department of Neurology, Germany, “patients who had severe sleep apnea were more likely to have silent strokes and the severity of sleep apnea increased the risk of being disabled at hospital discharge.”

Why is your risk of silent stroke greater with OSA?

Sleep apnea can be an after effect of stroke or could cause it, so the two are inextricably linked. People who have OSA, especially men, are three times more likely to suffer stroke if the OSA is not treated properly. This is because low oxygen levels and high blood pressure, often caused by sleep apnea, can increase the risk of a stroke. (Note: the less prevalent central sleep apnea, which occurs when the brain doesn’t remind the body to breathe, has also been associated with brain stem stroke as that is where the signal to breathe originates.)

Those who previously suffered a stroke have a 60 percent increased risk for sleep apnea because stroke effects cause a strain on the cardiovascular system. This can also lead to hypertension, increasing your chance at a recurrent stroke. In the Dresden study, 91 percent of people who had suffered an ischemic stroke had sleep apnea, with over half of that percentage suffering moderate to severe apnea. Of those who had had a silent stroke, 58 percent suffered severe sleep apnea.

Additionally, studies have shown that people who sleep fewer than six hours a night are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. Determine your risk factor for OSA and consult your doctor immediately.

How can RespShop help?

Sleep is extremely important for both preventing and the successful recovery after a stroke. As a leading retailer of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, other breathing treatments and therapies, RespShop.com is dedicated to helping sleep apnea sufferers rest deeply, breathe easier and improve your health all while you sleep! Shop now.

 

Reference: http://www.easierliving.com/blog/2012/02/07/sleep-apnea-could-mean-heightened-risk-for-silent-stroke/

Featured Brand: PureSom, Chinstraps – RespShop.com

Keeping the mouth gently, yet securely closed during CPAP or BiPAP treatment makes the therapy much more effective and the user much more comfortable. As one of the lead manufacturers of CPAP chinstraps, PureSom knows how important an effective treatment can be.

PureSom’s chin straps keep your chin in place and holds your mouth gently closed, reducing airflow leaks. Each strap is fashioned out of Breathe-O-Prene, a neoprene fabric designed to facilitate the best fit that is both secure and comfortable. All PureSom chinstraps are hand washable and lay flat to fry.

Choose your favorite strap! PureSom’s straps come in sizes and styles perfect to fit your needs and budget. For an all-over fit without the fuss, there’s the non-adjustable contiguous strap, guaranteeing the size won’t slip during the night. Adjustable straps featuring hassle-free Velcro closures ensure a snug and customizable fit for optimum consumer comfort.

If you wake in the morning with a sore throat or dry mouth, or find yourself uncomfortable after any CPAP or BiPAP treatment, you may need a chinstrap. Shop RespShop.com for quality straps from PureSom.

Always consult your doctor if you have any questions.

Effects of Sleep Disorders on Children – RespShop.com

How Sleep Disorders Can Affect Children

While sleep disorders are commonly associated with older adults, they can affect people of any age. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than two-thirds of children under the age of 10 have a sleeping problem at some point. While some problems are mild, others can lead to major long-term issues. Recognizing and treating a sleep disorder is vital to their overall development.

What Happens When a Child Has a Sleep Disorder

Millions of children every year experience obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), insufficient sleep syndrome, sleepwalking, night terrors, bedwetting and other conditions. Dyssomnias such as OSA are most dangerous. The brain and body need oxygen for growth and repair; when this is limited by a sleep disorder, it can stunt development while increasing stress hormones. This often results in issues such as poor academic performance, bad memory, mood swings and a weakened immune system.

Signs & Symptoms of Child Sleep Disorders

There are numerous signs of sleep disorders in children, with some of them being similar to other conditions. In fact, up to 30 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD actually have a sleep disorder. Potential signs include:

  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Snoring
  • Problems falling asleep
  • Frequently waking up at night
  • Problems concentrating
  • Hyperactivity
  • High amounts of movement during sleep
  • Obesity

Sleep Disorder Treatment Options

Parasomnias such as sleep walking and nightmares are generally not serious and are often outgrown with time. If these conditions are significantly interfering with sleep, management options include reducing stress, establishing a bedtime routine and preventative sleep interruptions. For bedwetting in children ages seven or older, talk to their doctor to determine whether it’s a medical, stress-related or a simple bladder control problem.

Many children with OSA and other dyssomnias have them due to large tonsils and adenoids, with about 75 percent of OSA cases resolved by a tonsillectomy. Others have constricted airways due to obesity, in which case weight loss can resolve the issue. CPAP machine therapy has also shown to be effective, even though the compliance rate is lower than in adults. If your doctor recommends this option, RespShop.com has a number of CPAP masks for kids that will help them get the nighttime oxygen they need.

Reference: https://www.sleepassociation.org/patients-general-public/children-and-sleep/children-sleep-disorders/

National Sleep Awareness Week – RespShop.com

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National Sleep Awareness Week

No matter your age or gender, getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of living an active lifestyle and maintaining overall health. This April 23-29, the National Sleep Foundation celebrated Sleep Awareness Week, an annual event to promote better sleep habits. As part of the celebration, the NSF and RespShop.com have information and advice to help you sleep better and feel better.

Getting the Right Amount of Sleep

Everyone is told they need to get enough sleep – but what exactly is the right amount? While eight hours is the commonly accepted standard, the actually amount varies depending on age and activity level. The NSF recommends a whopping 14-17 hours of sleep a day for newborns, while only six hours may be appropriate for some older adults. Getting this sleep uninterrupted is best, as it allows for proper REM cycles and hormone release. Check out the Official Sleep Time Recommendation Chart for more information.

The Impact of Sleep Debt

A bad night’s sleep can have much bigger consequences than being tired the next day. Sleep debts, whether due to lifestyle or a disorder, builds up over time. This constant tiredness can slow reaction times and make you more unstable emotionally, leading to errors in judgment – in fact, an estimated 100,000 traffic accidents annually are caused by fatigue. Sleep deprivation also increases the risk of sickness, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other serious health conditions.

How to Get More & More Restful Sleep

Even small lifestyle changes can help pay off sleep debt over time so you feel truly rested again. Maintain a regular sleep schedule and develop a routine so your body knows it’s time to wind down. While you can’t erase a sleep debt all at once, going to bed even 15 to 30 minutes earlier will help. You should also avoid stimulants and excessive alcohol at night. If you need an afternoon nap, limit it to 30 minutes at most – anything longer will make it harder to fall asleep again that night. For disorders such as sleep apnea or insomnia, RespShop.com has more than 1,300 sleep therapy devices in stock to help you get the rest you need to take on the day.