Chronic Sleep Apnea Overview:

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleeping disorder characterized by repetitive pauses or slowing of breathing during sleep. This condition can lead to reduced oxygen supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys, inducing chronic stress. The primary types are obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type, involves relaxation of throat muscles, while central sleep apnea results from inadequate signals from the brain to control breathing. Complex sleep apnea, or treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

Common Symptoms:

  • Loud snoring
  • Pauses in breathing observed by a bed partner
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Fatigue or excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating or memory issues
  • Morning headaches

Main Types:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Throat muscle relaxation
  • Central Sleep Apnea: Lack of proper signals from the brain for breathing control
  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea

Health Risks:

  • Reduced oxygen to vital organs
  • Chronic stress on the body

Sleep Apnea Treatment:

  • Prevention counseling and screening for sleep apnea.
  • Risk reduction through weight loss.
  • Surgical options, such as removing excess tissue from the palate or throat, are considered as a last resort.

Ministry Wellness Center:

  • Diagnostic Screening: Thorough assessments for type and severity.
  • Symptom Management: Personalized plans and sleep hygiene guidance.
  • Treatment Counseling: CPAP therapy advice and lifestyle adjustments.
  • Weight Management: Tailored programs for severity reduction.
  • Surgical Consultation: Collaboration with specialists for surgical options.
  • Ongoing Monitoring: Regular follow-ups for progress and adjustments.
  • Educational Programs: Informative sessions on sleep apnea and lifestyle changes.
  • Our mission: Enhance well-being through personalized care for restful and rejuvenating sleep.