Sleep Apnea Myths & Facts

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Sleep Apnea Myths & Facts

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.


Myths About Sleep Apnea

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 6:06 pm    

If you have ever wondered whether you or a loved one suffers from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you are not alone. OSA is more common than most people think, but it is also widely misunderstood. In fact, there are so many myths about sleep apnea that we have compiled a list of them to help you sort out the truth. If you have further questions about OSA or want to schedule a free sleep apnea consultation, contact us today at (631) 983-2463.

MYTH: Sleep apnea is just a minor medical condition that doesn’t warrant treatment.

FACT: Sleep apnea can lead to serious complications, such as strokes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and fatigue-related accidents. Sleep apnea essentially deprives the body of oxygen, leading to lasting and potentially deadly consequences if left untreated.

MYTH: Only obese, middle-aged men are affected by sleep apnea.

FACT: Healthy men and women of all ages, including children, can suffer from sleep apnea.

MYTH: Sleeping on your stomach or side prevents sleep apnea.

FACT: Sleep apnea is not dependent on your sleeping position and can develop among people who sleep on their stomachs, sides, and backs alike.

MYTH: Snoring is annoying, but it doesn’t have serious consequences.

FACT: Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. Although many people are too embarrassed by it to seek treatment, snoring should not be left unchecked. Not all snoring is related to sleep apnea, but sometimes it is and should be evaluated by a medical professional.

MYTH: CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are too loud and obnoxious. Bed partners would rather deal with snoring than CPAP machines.

FACT: New innovations have made CPAP machines much quieter than ever before, making them a much better alternative to the loud, gasping type of snoring that sleep apnea causes. Bed partners of those with sleep apnea suffer significant sleep loss when the sleep apnea goes untreated. Opting for a CPAP machine is the more considerate option for your bed partner if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

MYTH: Adults who have had tonsillectomies are not at risk of sleep apnea.

FACT: Having your tonsils removed does not reduce the likelihood of getting sleep apnea.

MYTH: Diagnosing sleep apnea can only be done in a sleep lab.

FACT: There is new technology that allows sleep apnea to be diagnosed at home. Portable devices that measure brain activity, oxygen levels in the blood, and muscle movements can help sleep doctors determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea.

Contact Us

If you believe that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, contact our office today at (631) 983-2463 to schedule a free sleep apnea consultation. Dr. Brown and his experienced staff are passionate about helping people solve their sleep problems. They believe that quality of life during the day largely depends on the quality of sleep you get at night. If you’re ready to improve your life, call today and find out what the experts at Silent Night Therapy can do for you. A healthier and more rested life is only a phone call away.