Mike’s wife did not like it when he snored, but he ignored it. Then one day, Mike was driving on the highway with his family and nearly fell asleep. They could have died. His wife was furious. Mike had sleep apnea.
Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition experienced by 39 million Americans (including Joe Biden). The condition is referred ti as Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). After consulting a doctor he learned more about it. Not only does sleep apnea cause snoring and fatigue, it can also lead to more serious health issues. It can lead to breathing interruptions during sleep. This can result in significant health risks, such as an increased likelihood of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. The condition is underdiagnosed and further patient education efforts are necessary.
CPAPs Help With Sleep Apnea
To manage his problem, Mike started using a Philips #cpapmachine (CPAP). The machine improved his sleep, but he didn’t like it. The hose attached to the air machine was not comfortable. However, he accepted that he needed a CPAP to live a normal life. This #pharmaceutical device made a difference in his life. Other patients may reject the device and later suffer consequences. One woman commented that “my dad was diagnosed with sleep apnea and could not tolerate the CPAP machine. Years later he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He was advised to use a CPAP machine and did but the damage was done. The connection between heart problems and sleep apnea are real.” These problems cannot be ignored.
A New Generation of CPAP Machines
Mike was not aware that in 2021 his model of CPAP was recalled due to product defects. It didn’t affect him. In this competitive industry another company (ResMed) benefitted from the recall. ResMed offers machines that are comparable or better than those from Philips. The company believes it can maintain the advantage that it took while Philips was off the market. In a recent interview, #ResMed CEO Michael “Mick” Farrell said, “We have the smallest, quietest, most comfortable and most cloud-connected devices …” The latest CPAP models from ResMed certainly offer benefits over machines that were available in the past.
Inspire Offers Non-CPAP Machines for Sleep Apnea
Other than CPAP machines, new options are being introduced. Another company, Inspire, offers a nerve-stimulating implant that helps patients with sleep apnea. Having lived with a clunky Darth Vader CPAP Mike may be interested in this option. Marketing for Inspire® says, “No mask. No hose. Just sleep.” He can learn about it on their website, which was just launched.
Inspire’s device is an implant that gently stimulates a nerve in the jaw while sleeping. This helps keep the upper airway open by moving the tongue forward. The patient can control it with a remote, turning it on and off.
With So Many options, Patients Should Not take the condition lightly
With all these options, it seems that living with OSA can be manageable. Patients have many options to consider when choosing solutions that may help them live a more normal life even with this annoying condition. It’s crucial for individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea to prioritize their health and explore medical solutions. Seeking appropriate medical interventions, such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy or other prescribed treatments, can significantly improve the quality of sleep and mitigate the potential health risks associated with untreated sleep apnea. Taking proactive steps towards addressing OSA is essential for overall well-being and long-term health.