Can Kids have Sleep Apnea?

As highlighted in a recent article (“Sleep Apnea Affecting Young Kids”), children can experience sleep apnea.

Does your child experience any of the following during the night?

  • Snoring loudly on a regular basis.
  • Pausing, gasping or snorting to show being short of breath.
  • Being restless or sleeping in abnormal positions.
  • Sweating a lot during sleep.

Does your child experience any of the following during the daytime?

  • Social or behavioral issues.
  • Low energy level during the day.
  • Headaches. Especially in the morning.
  • Mood swings or being irritable or aggressive.
  • Falling asleep during odd times.

If you see your child experiencing any of these things, it might be necessary to consult a medical professional to see if sleep apnea is in your child’s life.

Nemours Pediatric Pulmonary sleep doctor, Chris Makris:

“…2 to 4% of children have sleep apnea.”

If your child complains of being tired even though they’ve gotten a full night of sleep, they may be indirectly telling you that sleep apnea is in their life. Just be sure to get a medical professional’s opinion on the matter.

According to Makris, some children can get sleep apnea during the infant stage, but many are more likely to get it during the toddler or teenager stage. There are masks for PAP therapy machines and all ages, so be sure to look into all the different mask options for your child.

Once your child can sleep better, they are much more likely to do better in school due to increased alertness and higher cognizant levels during the daytime hours. Do not worry about discomfort during sleep because the right mask will give your child the restful sleep he or she needs to be successful in daytime activities.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you have any additional questions about sleep apnea! We are here to help you.

 

 

No One is Immune to Sleep Apnea.

The unforeseen death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia earlier in February was a shock to many and theories as to why he may have passed at age 79 started to develop soon after the news broke. One of the guesses discussed in an article at the Huffington Post (“Questions about the Death of Justice Scalia“) and an article at the Washington Post (“Why those Conspiracy Theories about Antonin Scalia’s Death Don’t Add Up“) suggests [highlight dark=”yes”]sleep apnea[/highlight] might have played a significant factor in the eventual health deterioration of Justice Scalia.

Speculation.

Even though there is still speculation on the true cause of death for Justice Scalia, the notion that sleep apnea may have played a role in the eventual cessation of his health is important to expound on. Scalia was an older man with a large neck circumference due to the extra weight on his frame, so the likelihood that the extra pressure around his neck and airway would cause trouble during sleep is not too hard to believe.

There are no solid affirmations that Scalia suffered from sleep apnea, but with his physical attributes and physician statements, it is highly likely he was a viable candidate for sleep apnea. According to the LA Times, Scalia’s physician stated Scalia had heart problems, high blood pressure and was recently deemed too weak to undergo shoulder surgery, so it may even be a combination of natural causes and sleep apnea that were what ultimately caused the untimely death of Justice Scalia. However, we’ll just focus on the dangers of sleep apnea here.

Could sleep apnea cause death?

Yes.

This may or may not be one of those cases, but sleep apnea does close off one’s airway to prevent oxygen from coming through. Oxygen needs to keep flowing in and out of airways to keep the body at stable levels and proper function. Repeated nights sleep apnea can cause oxygen desaturation in the body, which can lead to serious heart problems, high blood pressure and mind-numbing fatigue – both physical and mental – just to name a few potential consequences of this ailment that many people overlook.

What are the chances Scalia suffered from sleep apnea?

There is a high probability that Scalia suffered from sleep apnea, but the HuffPo article notes that there was nothing showing that he had treatment for sleep apnea at the time of his death. Now, if he knew that he had sleep apnea and didn’t treat it – that’s one thing, but if he wasn’t aware at all about sleep apnea and just ignored any snoring or daytime fatigue by never checking out the status of his health – that is a little more alarming.

With the presence of his heart problems and high blood pressure combined with his physical traits (being overweight with a large neck), he may have knowingly or unknowingly been gradually killing himself by not seeking treatment. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, the deterioration of sleep quality that develops with sleep apnea can lead to changes in stress hormone levels, weight fluctuation, accelerated aging, and the high blood pressure caused by sub-par levels of oxygen may even lead to a change in blood vessel regulation.

Is it possible to prevent fatal outcomes of sleep apnea?

Yes.

The best way to prevent sleep apnea is to maintain a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle to prevent any airway blockage potential during sleep. If you or your loved one is snoring, go to your personal physician as soon as possible to get it checked out. Ensure that a sleep study is performed to accurately evaluate if sleep apnea is afflicting you or your loved one.

[highlight dark=”yes”]Although the cause of death for Scalia has yet to be determined, whether or not sleep apnea played a part in health should compel everyone to look at sleep apnea through a more serious lens. Health needs to be a priority in life – even if you’re in as powerful a position as Scalia was.[/highlight]

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you think sleep apnea might be affecting you or if you have any questions about PAP therapy supplies. We are here to help you.

 

Fibromyalgia and Sleep Apnea Ties?

In the Next Level Wellness Center’s article “Fibromyalgia and Sleep – Is There a Connection?” they explore the possibilities of linkages between fibromyalgia – the disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue with tenderness throughout the body (as defined by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) – and sleep abnormalities. Since there are overlapping symptoms of both fibromyalgia and sleep apnea, we can explore both diseases further in an attempt to pinpoint if the two can be related in any way.

Since there is no known cause for fibromyalgia, there is no guaranteed cure to tout, but as with any disease, there is always a way for prevention. We can explore the potential causes deeper to see at what extent preventative measures are possible for those worried about being at risk for fibromyalgia. According to the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, this chronic pain disorder produces pain and sensitivity throughout the body that can spread or shift through different regions without warning. This pain can also be sporadic and cease occasionally.

As stated previously, the specific causes of fibromyalgia are [highlight dark=”no”]unknown[/highlight], but it has been linked to stressful or traumatic events and repetitive injuries. More recently,  the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association states new research pointing toward abnormal sensory processing in the central nervous system with physiological abnormalities as contributing to fibromyalgia occurrences. Unlike sleep apnea, where the causes are known, fibromyalgia is harder to pin down. However, the symptoms of these two ailments overlap.

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Some of the main symptoms are: [highlight dark=”yes”]trouble sleeping[/highlight], [highlight dark=”yes”]headaches[/highlight] or migraines, [highlight dark=”yes”]problems with thinking and memory or concentration[/highlight], muscle pain, [highlight dark=”yes”]fatigue[/highlight], tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, dizziness, restless legs syndrome, ringing in the ears, and impaired coordination.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”search-2″ wrap=”h2″] [highlight dark=”no”]What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?[/highlight]

Some of the main signs to watch out for are: snoring, daytime drowsiness, [highlight dark=”yes”]headaches[/highlight], [highlight dark=”yes”]memory problems,[/highlight] learning or [highlight dark=”yes”]concentration problems[/highlight], mood swings, irritability, depression, frequent dry or sore throat upon waking up, and general restlessness or [highlight dark=”yes”]fatigue[/highlight] throughout the day due to lack of proper sleep.

 

Beware of the highlighted symptoms!

If you feel like you’re having trouble completing your daily routine because of physical or mental fatigue or new physical ailments, do not ignore these atypical signs. It’d be in your best interest to consult a medical professional if you’re experiencing any or all of the highlighted symptoms to get checked out for fibromyalgia and sleep apnea.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you think sleep apnea might be affecting you or if you have any questions about PAP therapy supplies! We are here to help you with your sleep apnea treatment.

 

 

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8 Things We’re Thankful For…

In honor of the imminent Thanksgiving holiday, let’s jump straight into the reflective aspect of this season of thanks, with eight things we here at Breathe Medical are grateful for — one of which would be the eight years of business we’ve had the honor of building up, so far!

1) Being able to spread awareness, treatment, and awesome customer service to sleep apnea patients and their family or friends who have had to endure the consequences of sleep apnea (lethargy, depression, and hypertension – just to name a few that affect a significant number of the sleep apnea population).

2) Having the power to keep tabs on patients 24/7 with cloud technology software (myAir, AirView, and U-Sleep) that allows our respiratory therapists to have the most accurate reports on improvement or noncompliance with all of our patients.

3) Offering three of the best CPAP masks for quality, durability, and comfort on the market (ResMed’s AirFit N10, P10, and F10) in order to satisfy and effectively treat our patients and offer them viable, long-term solutions for their sleep apnea.

4) Growing a solid relationship with the sleep specialists and physicians in the California network in order to promote the best support structures for patients at each stage of sleep apnea diagnosis — whether it’s the initial titration or just a split-night study — we are ready to stand by our patients every step of the way.

5) Engaging patients with more severe respiratory ailments like COPD, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, and even asthma in long-term oxygen therapy or nebulizer therapy with our team of highly-dedicated respiratory therapists who know the value each of these portable machines can bring into the life of someone struggling to take the next breath.

6) Asserting the right to guide someone towards recognizing they have sleep apnea — whether it’s a constant snore, presence of hypertension, or even a large neck size — we believe that recognizing the symptoms and taking action to give someone the opportunity to improve their life is one of the intrinsic factors of why we strive to combat sleep apnea and will continue to do so with utmost dedication.

7) Treating everyone we meet, regardless of age or background, with the same high level of care and follow-up required to sustain the effectiveness of our CPAP, oxygen, or nebulizer therapy and with this high standard of care that we exhibit, we are elevating the standards or this sleep apnea treatment and forging a way to becoming the premier DME site for excellent care and treatment.

8) Seeing results and satisfied patients or family members of patients is simply one of the most fulfilling things in our business.

What could be better than being in the business of breathing?

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you want to talk about PAP therapy options or anything else! We are here to help you.