Having trouble sleeping recently? You’re not alone.
Some sleep disorders have become far more prevalent in the last number of years, one of which is obstructive sleep apnea. Data previously published in the American Journal of Epidemiology show that the estimated prevalence rates of sleep apnea have increased substantially over the last two decades. It is now estimated that 26 percent of adults between the ages of 30 and 70 years have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder that can lead to breathing problems, weight gain, stress and overall lack of functionality. Luckily, telemedicine has helped to speed up and improve the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder, and the way in which patients receive medical care.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy is the leading treatment of sleep apnea. CPAP machines use mild air pressure to keep users’ airways open while they sleep, preventing frequent interruptions in sleep due to a lack of oxygen. Since CPAP generally requires that users wear a mask while they sleep, it can be scary for beginners. However, most patients adjust to their CPAP machines quite easily and the benefits it provides are often life changing.
It is now easier than ever to get CPAP treatment. With platforms like Ognomy (more on this below) you can get tested for sleep apnea and have it treated from the comfort of your own home.
Benefits of CPAP Treatment
CPAP machines allow sleep apnea patients to sleep through the night without waking up due to lack of oxygen. In addition to providing users with better rest, they improve their daytime functioning and help prevent a multitude of dangerous health risks caused by sleep apnea. According to the American Academy of Sleep Education, CPAP treatment reduces users’ risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, while improving daytime alertness, concentration, and emotional stability.
Don’t be scared if it takes a little while to adjust to your machine. While some people begin to see results after their first night of using CPAP, the amount of time it takes to adjust to the therapy varies on an individual basis. A study conducted by the National Library of Medicine found that most CPAP users experienced better results the longer they used the machine.
Is CPAP right for you?
The traditional way to get tested for sleep apnea is to stay overnight in a sleep center. While this is an effective method, it is quite inconvenient for patients and is often an uncomfortable experience. However, modern technology has provided a much more convenient and comfortable way for patients to get tested and treated with telemedicine.
Ognomy is a HIPAA compliant platform that connects patients to sleep doctors, and makes it easy and reliable for them to schedule appointments and convenient home sleep tests. No more sleep centers, no more long clinic visits – just take a video call in your home, car, closet, or wherever you are! You can register online or install the Ognomy app from the Appstore or Google Play.
If you’re ready to see if CPAP can help you, it’s never been easier.