Sleeping Disorders - Sleep Apnea - San Antonio

Alliance Medical Supply provides a variety of CPAP and bi-level machines for pediatric and adult clients (Fisher & Paykel, Resmed, Respironics).

Our goal is to assist and provide the tools to help make our clients compliant and comfortable with their machine. We have a variety of masks ranging from pediatric/small to adult/x-large.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes your body to stop breathing while you sleep. It’s a potentially fatal condition, with harmful short- and long-term complications, that affects more than 1 in 3 men and 1 in 6 women.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which more than 80% of sleep apnea patients have, occurs when enlarged and/or relaxed throat muscles obstruct your upper airway, blocking air from entering and leaving your lungs.

2. Central sleep apnea (CSA), so named for its relation to the central nervous system, occurs when the brain stops signaling for the body to breathe until it detects a lack of oxygen and/or a heightened level of carbon dioxide that needs to be exhaled.

3. Complex sleep apnea (CompSA) is a combination of OSA and CSA. Eventually your brain senses that you’ve stopped breathing and causes you to wake up just enough to gasp and start breathing again. Then you fall back to sleep and the cycle begins again. This can happen more than 120 times every hour, even though you may not remember waking up.

Long-term effects of sleep apnea Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk for other chronic and life-threatening conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure, as well as poorer glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes.

The first step toward treating sleep apnea and living healthier is recognizing the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and asking your doctor to get screened and tested. Roughly 80% of people with sleep apnea don’t know they have it,5 partly because they can never witness their own nighttime symptoms.

Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms

While snoring is still the strongest predictor of sleep apnea in men and women, not everyone who snores has it. And more important, not everyone who has it snores. Below are other common sleep apnea symptoms:
  • Constant tiredness
  • Poor concentration
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of energy
  • Forgetfulness
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Frequent urination at night

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Hints for better Sleep

Maintain a regular bed and wake time.

Different people require a different number of sleeping hours each night to feel recovered. The average person needs 5-7 hours. You should try and go to bed and wake at a similar time each day to ensure a good sleep pattern is maintained.

Exercise at least 20 minutes 3 times a week.

Getting your body moving keeps you healthy and agile while promoting better sleep quality and better living. It is best to exercise during the day or early evening, and not during the last 3 hours before bedtime.

Avoid caffeine close to bedtime.

Caffeine is a stimulant and therefore produces an alerting effect. The effects of caffeine can remain for 3-5 hours and even if you don’t think caffeine affects you, it may be disrupting or changing your sleep quality.

Use your bedroom only for sleeping.

It is best to keep work materials, computers and televisions out of the sleeping environment. This strengthens the association between bed and sleep.

Refrain from eating 2 hours before bedtime.

Your metabolism slows during sleep so this will give your stomach time to digest your most recent meal before it slows down during the night. Make sure your sleeping environment is cool, quiet and dark. These conditions promote better sleep quality.

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