Sleep disorders are serious medical problems that greatly impact an individual’s health and personal lifestyle. But there is a third factor affected as well, one not always considered. When a sleep problem, such as sleep apnea, is severe, even an individual’s career can become compromised.
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. You may be experiencing its effects, especially at work, without realizing there is a diagnosis available—as well as effective treatments. How many of the following statements ring true for you? You arrive at work already exhausted. You have no enthusiasm for your job, especially a job you once loved. You feel less productive than you know you are capable of. You are often moody, irritable, or restless at work.
While these statements could be symptoms of a multitude of disorders or situations, when combined with a consistent feeling of fogginess or exhaustion, day after day, even after a full night’s sleep, you may have one of the three most common sleep apnea types affecting middle professionals—as well as their blossoming careers. These are sleep apnea warning signs you can’t ignore. Let’s explore what the types of sleep apnea are below, as well as how to take control of your sleep, with the help of your doctor, so that you can once again sleep well rested.
The Most Common Sleep Apnea Types Affecting Middle Age Professionals
While you may be familiar with the most well-known form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it often goes unrecognized that there are two other types of apenas that busy professionals like yourself may be suffering from.
The 3 most common types of sleep apnea are:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Central sleep apnea (CSA)
- Mixed sleep apnea, or complex sleep apnea
Sleep Apnea Type #1: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is the most common form of apnea. It is believed to affect about 4% of men and 2% of women. However, only about 10% of people with OSA have been diagnosed and are actively seeking treatment.
| However, only about 10% of people with OSA have been diagnosed and are actively seeking treatment.
One of the causes of sleep apnea is age. As we age, our throat muscles begin to lose muscle tone. Over time, they become weaker and are more likely to collapse into the airways during sleep. While there are many causes of sleep apnea that could be keeping you up at night and affecting your work life, this is the most common one.
Possible treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea: Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, like Provent Therapy, as well as other oral applications and surgery are often recommended. Consult with your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment options. If you’re a busy professional and find it hard to get to your doctor’s office, you may be able to take a home test for sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Type #2: Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
Unlike OSA, central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain temporarily fails to signal the body to wake up and to begin breathing again. CSA is seen as a communication issue, rather than a mechanical one. It’s caused by medical conditions that affect the brain stem, like Parkinson’s disease, or other medical issues, like obesity or heart failure.
Possible treatment options for central sleep apnea: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP) therapy are often the first treatment options recommended by doctors, followed by adaptive-servo ventilation (ASV) and certain medications.
Sleep Apnea Type #3: Mixed or Complex Sleep Apnea
Mixed, or complex, sleep apnea is a combination of the two other types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central. Some patients being treated for OSA may develop symptoms of CSA after therapy.
| Some patients being treated for OSA may develop symptoms of CSA after therapy.
In 2006, a researcher from the Mayo Clinic conducted a study of 223 sleep apnea patients and found that 15% of the patients formerly diagnosed with OSA, in fact, had mixed sleep apnea. During the treatment for OSA, the patients’ airways were successfully opened, but the patients continued to have difficulty breathing, therefore changing their symptoms of OSA to CSA while undergoing therapy.
Possible treatment options for mixed sleep apnea: Although treatment options are still being discussed by medical professionals, one of the best treatments is currently CPAP devices. A more convenient option for those with busy lifestyles or who often travel for work may be an alternative treatment option like Provent.
The Next Step If You Are Experiencing Any Type of Sleep Apnea
A person with any of the above symptoms should talk to a doctor educated in sleep medicine to determine if they are a candidate for a sleep study, either at home or at a sleep clinic. Be sure to list out your current symptoms, how long you’ve been experienced them, and think of questions your doctor may ask you before your appointment.
| …help is available—and treatments are becoming more convenient than ever, especially with unobtrusive options like Provent.
Going to work fully rested has such a large impact on your work productivity and passion for your job. Imagine trying to work when you are constantly drained. Not only will your body start to suffer, but so will your career. Thankfully, help is available—and treatments are becoming more convenient than ever, especially with unobtrusive options like Provent.
If you are ready to sleep well rested—and nail that next promotion, board meeting presentation, or client lunch—reach out to your doctor today for treatment options that match the active, busy lifestyle you know you’re capable of.
Sleep Well Rested offers thousands of busy professionals, who also happen to be sleep apnea suffers, a natural solution for treating the root cause of OSA that’s ideal for a career-minded lifestyle. Provent is an effective alternative to traditional, restrictive CPAP machines. To learn more, contact one of our reps, call 888-834-4381, or order the Provent 14-day trial online today.
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