Good sleep is vital for good health. When you experience the restorative stages of sleep, your blood pressure lowers, muscles and tissue are repaired and energy is restored to your brain and body. Sleeping well means waking up refreshed.
Poor sleep can put at an increased risk for high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, driving accidents, excessive sleepiness and an overall decreased quality of life.
Working alongside Frontier, your healthcare team will be able to recognize and diagnosis a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. Utilizing an in-lab or home sleep test to determine if you need a sleep therapy device can be the solution for quality, restful sleep. Better rest is possible with sleep therapy!
When your sleep is interrupted by frequent pauses in breathing, you may be at risk for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder that, if left untreated, can result in serious health risks. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, one-quarter of the US population has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. The good news is that sleep apnea can be treated, and with your health care team, we will provide you support to ensure proper therapy outcomes are achieved.
During sleep, the airway may close off partially or completely, resulting in little to no airflow. The body’s natural response to changes in breathing patterns from normal to abnormal is to interrupt your sleep cycle to ensure proper breathing is achieved. The cycle of abnormal breathing as a result of airway obstructions, reduced oxygen levels, and brief wake-ups can repeat several times during the night and lead to decreased sleep quality.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly during sleep. The throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.
While men are diagnosed eight times as often, sleep apnea is not a “man’s disease.” Sleep apnea affects people of all sizes, shapes, ages—and genders. Simply put, women are less likely to be diagnosed with sleep apnea because of the tell-tale symptoms that women experience may not be as obvious.
For anyone suffering from sleep apnea, the short and long-term health risks are the same. This can include feeling tired during the day, high blood pressure, cardiopulmonary disease, diabetes, stroke, and more. Treating sleep apnea is critical to your health and well-being—from sleep testing to sleep therapy, Frontier’s clinical staff is here to help you.
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For many, frequent restroom breaks is a way of life. However, a full bladder may not be why you wake up: sleep apnea will also wake you up. When your body is awakened from an apnea event, this will signal your brain to empty your bladder, even if it is not full. If you are experiencing frequent urges to use the bathroom, share this symptom with your healthcare professional. This can be another sign of sleep apnea.