The Coronavirus and Sleep Apnea

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The Coronavirus and Sleep Apnea

The Coronavirus and Sleep Apnea

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 2:43 pm    

Shutterstock 1676752123Researchers in Finland have found a connection between sleep apnea and COVID-19. A disproportionate number of coronavirus patients were admitted to hospitals in Finland who also suffered from obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This is somewhat expected since the coronavirus is known to affect older people, especially those with pre-existing conditions, more severely than younger people.

The University of Turku and Turku University Hospital researchers in Finland found that reduced oxygen saturation in a patient’s body may be an indicator of whether that patient will need critical care. Twenty-nine percent of the 28 patients studied had a pre-existing condition of sleep apnea when they were admitted to the hospital for coronavirus.

People with sleep apnea often suffer from other health problems, such as heart disease, obesity, older age, and diabetes. The virus naturally affects people with these conditions more than it does otherwise healthy patients, so those with sleep apnea and respiratory diseases are at a higher risk of needing to be hospitalized.

If you are using a CPAP machine, there are a few tips you can follow to better protect your health.

  • Move your CPAP machine out of the way of others who might sneeze or cough on it. Because you are using the machine to breathe, any pathogens on the machine are more likely to travel into your respiratory system.
  • Sanitize your CPAP machine daily. Thoroughly clean the tubing, mask, and humidifying chamber with warm soapy water. Wash your hands before putting the mask on before sleep.
  • Replace the CPAP machine filter as directed in the instructions.

Contact a Sleep Apnea Specialist

Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep and assurance that they are doing everything in their power to maintain their optimal health. If you are worried that your sleep apnea might put you at a higher risk of suffering critically from the coronavirus, the team at Silent Night Therapy is here to help you.

We are currently offering virtual consultations to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients during these difficult times. Additionally, we can send you an at-home sleep study kit to determine whether you have sleep apnea. If you have any questions about our services at Silent Night Therapy, please do not hesitate to call us at (631) 983-2463 or fill out a contact form today.


Sleep Apnea Myths & Facts

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 4:12 pm    

Sleep apnea affects about 18 million American adults. But even though it is so common, there are still many myths about the sleep disorder that many people still wrongly believe, including:

Myth #1 – If I am not overweight, I cannot have sleep apnea.

This is not true. Though being overweight or obese has been proven to increase your risk of developing sleep apnea, it does not solely affect people who are overweight. Even individuals who are at a healthy weight can develop a sleep disorder. This could be attributed to their neck anatomy, especially if you have large tonsils or a large neck.

Myth #2 – Children cannot get sleep apnea.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, about 3% of all children suffer from sleep apnea. Between 10% and 20% of children who snore suffer from sleep apnea.

Myth #3 – Everyone who suffers from sleep apnea snores loudly.

Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that approximately 20% of sleep apnea patients do not snore. However, they do exhibit the other symptoms of sleep apnea, such as waking up gasping for air and waking up with a headache.

Myth #4 – Sleep apnea only affects men.

This is a common misconception. Even though many people believe that sleep apnea primarily affects men, it also affects women in large numbers. But women are less likely to tell their doctors they snore, and many symptoms of sleep apnea – insomnia, difficulty sleeping, headaches, daytime fatigue – can be attributed to other problems.

Contact an OSA Specialist at Silent Night Therapy

The OSA team at Silent Night Therapy is here to assist you. Despite the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, our sleep experts are offering sleep studies you can do from the safety of your home. Just follow the instructions and send the kit back in the mail when you are finished. After we evaluate the test results, we will contact you via phone or video consultation to discuss your next steps.

We are still available to help despite the coronavirus and will get you the care you need through remote consultations and at-home sleep studies. Give us a call at 631-983-2463 to speak with a knowledgeable member of our team today.