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OSA Makes You Lose More Than Just Sleep
A recent study in the United States has found that more than a third of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers regularly miss out on previously enjoyed hobbies, events, and activities. This is all due to excessive daytime sleepiness because of the condition.
How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Daily Life
The Harris Poll conducted the study, with Jazz Pharmaceuticals as its sponsor. It targeted 300 Americans who were diagnosed with OSA to find out how excessive sleepiness and fatigue impacted their day-to-day life.
Roughly 36% of the participants said their frequent fatigue caused them to avoid social situations. They missed out on events or outings they had originally planned to attend. Some even gave up on hobbies or activities they used to enjoy.
In addition, 17% of participants in the study said their excessive daytime sleepiness had led to noticeable problems at work. They experienced missing a deadline, showing up late, and frequent absences. Some even had other issues that resulted in disciplinary action and missing out on potential opportunities.
But perhaps the scariest statistic from the study had to do with driving. In the study’s results, 14% of the 300 participants reported that they had fallen asleep while behind the wheel at least once in the past 12 months.
How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Family Life
The study also reached out to the spouses and partners of the obstructive sleep apnea patients. The researchers wanted to see if the effects of excessive daytime sleepiness impacted their lives as well. It certainly did, and in very similar numbers to the sleep apnea patients’ responses.
The study reported that almost half of these partners felt their relationships were negatively impacted due to their significant other’s daytime sleepiness. 32% of the partners said that they, too, had missed out. They’ve forgone activities, events, or outings due to their partner’s fatigue.
Overall, the detailed study serves as further proof of how much OSA affects your life. While you may not notice any symptoms of your sleep apnea while you are fast asleep, the side effects linger well after you wake up.
It’s Not Too Late to Overcome Your OSA
Without obtaining quality and regular rest, people with OSA simply don’t have the energy required to enjoy activities they used to. And their social lives, work lives, and overall mood or disposition is damaged as a result.
But there is good news. Today, there are easy and effective ways to get obstructive sleep apnea under control.
In fact, the study also found that roughly 74% of the OSA patients said they wish they knew more about alternative treatments. They would prefer these to CPAP machines (like oral devices). Meanwhile, 82% of partners said they would do whatever they could to support their significant other. They would help their loved one in tackling their OSA, such as with diet or lifestyle changes.
Ready to stop missing out on your favorite activities? Do you want to get your life back to its active, normal pace? Then get tested and treated for your OSA. With a myriad of seamless treatment options available, sleep apnea is a problem you can painlessly nip in the bud.
Contact us to start sleeping better and get back to enjoying your life.