Eighty percent of People with Sleep Apnea are Undiagnosed

Eighty percent of People with Sleep Apnea are Undiagnosed

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This is a paid article on the New York Times but it's a good one. One person with ME/CFS was told she had a heart condition; instead she had sleep apnea. Her health improved enormously...

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As day turns to night and most of us settle into sleep, our senses disconnect and the physical world gives way to dreams. It feels like idle time, but our brains are busy recharging, processing memories, checking core systems and cleaning out waste. Hours later, we awake, refreshed.
For millions of people, however, sleep is disrupted anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. They stop breathing, wake up, catch their breath and doze off again. These interruptions happen dozens of times each night, but most of these individuals don't remember. They just wake up tired.

.... People with obstructive sleep apnea are not just more tired during the day but more likely to have heart problems, strokes and Type 2 diabetes. They're more susceptible to depression and three times more likely to divorce. And they're more likely to get into car accidents and make mistakes at work.

Researchers say the U.S. cost of sleep apnea is as high as $165 billion annually — more than heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure or drunk driving (download the research here).
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