Healthy Sleep. Healthy Life.
Medical Services of America can assist you with obtaining an evaluation by a doctor who specializes in sleep disorders. The sleep study can provide the doctor with information about how you sleep and breathe. This information will help the doctor to determine your diagnosis and treatment options. You may need to have a sleep order study done.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
• OSA is a condition in which a person stops breathing repeatedly during sleep.
• Breathing stops because the airway collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs.
• Sleep patterns are disrupted, resulting in excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day.
What causes the airway to collapse during sleep?
• Extra tissue in the back of the airway such as large tonsils.
• Decrease in the tones of muscles holding the airway open.
• The tongue falling back and closing off the airway.
How many people have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
• Four percent of middle-aged men and two percent of middle-aged women have OSA.
• Most OSA sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated.
• OSA is as common as adult asthma.
Sleep Loss has been shown to:
• Reduce insulin sensitivity
• Reduce insulin secretory responses to elevated glucose level
• Impair glucose tolerance
• Increase appetite and hunger (elevation of ghrelin and reduction of leptin)
• Increase sympathetic nervous system activity
• Increase proinflammatory markers
For more information about the relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and diabetes, click here