#48 - What is Sleep Apnea?
In today’s episode, Matt discusses the sleep disorder known as sleep apnea, focusing on its definition, prevalence, and the dangers it poses if left untreated. Sleep apnea is a breathing-related sleep disorder, with obstructive sleep apnea being the most common form. It occurs when the airway partially or fully collapses during sleep, leading to disrupted breathing and oxygen deprivation. Sleep apnea is alarmingly prevalent, affecting an estimated 12-20% of the population worldwide, with a higher risk for males, overweight individuals, smokers, and those leading sedentary lifestyles.
The consequences of untreated sleep apnea can be severe, including an increased risk of developing dementia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even a higher likelihood of falling asleep while driving. Matt emphasizes the importance of diagnosis and offers insights into clinical assessment methods, such as screening questionnaires and sleep recordings, to determine the presence and severity of sleep apnea. Treatment options include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices, mandibular advancement devices, and in extreme cases, surgical intervention. In the end, Matt urges listeners to prioritize their sleep health, seek help, get tested, receive appropriate treatment to improve their quality of life, and potentially extend their lifespan along the way.
Please note that Matt is not a medical doctor, and none of the content in this podcast should be considered medical advice in any way, shape, or form, nor prescriptive in any way.
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