Sleep Apnea – The Undiscovered Problem

The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimated that about 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea but only 10 percent knew about it. Top New Jersey pulmonary doctor, Federico Cerrone, MD, who specializes in sleep disorders adds, “Approximately 65% of Americans are overweight or obese.  A large percentage of these patients will have obstructive sleep apnea.  It’s estimated that 25% of males probably do have obstructive sleep apnea, and 9-10% of females, especially after menopause. “ But treating this hidden problem can both greatly improve and possibly save lives.  While extreme weight loss may be an effective sleep apnea treatment, working with a sleep specialist is necessary to getting better.

Dr. Cerrone’s experience has shown great changes in the quality of life once a patient discovers and then treats sleep apnea. Cerrone offers,  “By treating obstructive sleep apnea, the person will feel much better.  Not only will their bed partner be happy, not kicking them at night, because we’ve stopped their snoring, but they’ll feel much more rested when they wake up in the morning, they’ll feel much more energetic, they’ll feel like they can think better, they can concentrate better, and not only that, but there’re things that can go on with obstructive sleep apnea that don’t seem to be obvious links.  For instance, people urinate more at night, it may decrease their sex drive.  We know that by treating sleep apnea, these patients won’t get up to go to the bathroom at night and that their sex drive will improve.“

One of the big benefits to sleep apnea treatment can be weight loss and gaining energy. Dr. Cerrone has seen remarkable results, “Absolutely, I’ve had patients lose weight after being treated for obstructive sleep apnea.   Because again, not only are we treating obstructive sleep apnea, but also by doing so, we’re changing their metabolism.  And not only that, by getting more rest, these patients have more energy, they want to exercise more, and a good percentage of them will lose the weight if they have the motivation, after being treated.” But in order to begin changing your life with a sleep apnea treatment you have to first find out about it. But, how do you know if you have a sleep problem?

“It really can be easy to know if you have a sleep problem.  Basically, if you wake up not refreshed in the morning, you may have a sleep issue.  Now that could be obstructive sleep apnea, it may be insomnia; it may be some other problem.  But if your sleep is not refreshing, you should really think about, “maybe there’s something going on in my sleep; maybe I should be seeking help for this problem.”

Dr. Cerrone has created a free online sleep risk assessment to find out right away if you may have sleep apnea. By answering a few questions about lifestyle and a Body Mass Index (BMI) the program can predict fairly well if you have a problem and even creates a free personal report. As a bonus on his sight you can watch free videos of Dr. Cerrone answer the top questions on sleep apnea treatment, extreme weight loss and other sleep disorders.

If the personal report indicates you may have a problem, the next step is to see a sleep specialist and get a complete diagnosis. Sleep apnea treatment can be quick and the results life changing. But first you need to find out if you have a problem.