Sleep Apnea Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability
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What follows is basic information on Sleep Apnea:
Sleep apnea is defined as five or more episodes within an hour in which an individual misses two or more breaths during sleep. It has been estimated that at least one in five adults in the United States suffers from a mild form of obstructive sleep apneas (not surprising since Americans are becoming more obese each year).
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, and this disorder is most often associated with obesity (especially those individuals with heavy upper bodies, including the throat and neck areas). Obstructive sleep apnea is due to a physical blockage of air passages such as relaxed muscles, excess fatty tissue, tonsils, and adenoids. Symptoms of sleep apnea might include headaches in the morning, anxiety, depression, lack of libido, mood changes, loud snoring, forgetfulness, irritability, and depression. The most severe symptom of chronic obstructive sleep apnea is chronic heart failure.
Unfortunately, there is no pharmaceutical remedy for obstructive sleep apnea. Most treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea involve special pillows, devices to prevent individuals from sleeping on their backs, avoidance of alcohol and muscle relaxants, cigarette smoking cessation, and weight loss.
Weight loss seems to be one of the more successful treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, weight loss reduces the number and severity of sleep apnea attacks in the majority of diagnosed sleep apnea cases. If more conservative measures fail to relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea, some individuals may have to use CPAP, APAP, or VPAP machines that creates air pressure within the nasal and throat airways in an effort to hold open relaxed muscles.
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