A good night's rest is directly related to your overall health and well-being. One-third of all Americans have a sleep disorder at some time in their lives. Some keep people toss and turn, unable to sleep through most of the night. Others find themselves tired and miserable even after a full night's sleep. Some people are not even aware that symptoms such as headaches and lack of concentration may be related to a sleep disorder.
A significant number of Americans experience obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder in which the mouth or throat soft tissue intermittently obstruct the airway during sleep.
Symptoms of OSA
Lack of concentration
- Memory loss
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times (at work or while driving)
Increased post-operative surgical risks for patients with OSA:
- Low oxygen levels
- High carbon dioxide levels
- Unplanned days in intensive care unit
How to prepare for your surgery if you are at risk for OSA:
- Inform your surgeon, anesthesiologist and nurse.
- If you are using PAP therapy to treat OSA, bring your equipment with you to use after surgery.
- If you are not on PAP therapy, consider having a sleep study to see if treatment is needed.
A Quick Test - STOP BANG
Take this quick test to see if you may be at risk.
Answer yes or no:
S - Snoring?
T - Tired?
O - Witness obstructions at night (has anyone noticed that you stop breathing during sleep)?
P - High blood pressure?
B - BMI greater than 35?
A - Age greater than 50?
N - Neck size greater than 17 inches?
G - Gender (are you male)?
If you answered yes to four or more of these questions, you could be at risk for severe OSA.