Jan 13th 2021

​Top Myths You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

Top Myths You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

Do you ever wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed? Has your partner ever complained about your loud snoring? Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air? If so, it’s possible you may have Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that millions of Americans have sleep apnea with over 80% to 90% of undiagnosed cases.

Sleep science has existed for the past decades. It was able to provide us with some amazing insights into how sleep works. However, despite this, there will always be misinformation, and sleep apnea is no exception. Here are the top myths you should know about!

Myth #1: Children cannot have sleep apnea

About 10% to 20% of children who frequently snores in their sleep may have sleep apnea. It’s not true that only adults can have sleep apnea. Although, adults are more prone to sleep apnea rather than children.

Myth #2: Sleep apnea is just snoring

Sleep apnea is more than just snoring. Furthermore, here are two other bonus myths for you. Firstly, it’s not true that everyone who snores automatically has sleep apnea. Moreover, people who have sleep apnea snores. In fact, 20% of sleep apnea patients do not snore.

Myth# 3: Sleep apnea cannot kill you

Finally, for our last myth - sleep apnea cannot kill you. This is completely false. It’s important to consult your sleep doctor should you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea so that they can provide you with the best options and treatment.

While some people believe that sleep apnea cannot kill you since the body forces itself an awakening whenever it is low on oxygen, this is not the point. People die from the complications that come with sleep apnea. 

Read More: Top 5 Sleep Myths: How CPAP Can Help You Get Better Sleep

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