HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - About 20 million people in the country suffer from sleep apnea and 70 percent of these cases are linked to obesity.
Sleep Apena is a pause in breathing for 10 seconds or more. When it repeats it decreases sleep efficiency causing people to feel tired. If you snore, wake up in the middle of the night short of breath with dry mouth, or you are tired during the day you could have sleep apnea.
A new technology brings better service to those that do suffer from this. A wireless modem has been attached to the back of the cpap machine to record the patients sleeping patterns from home. The doctors have the ability to log into a website and review patients information.
"Identifying and seeing that information is vial for the physician to make the changes that need to be made," Tammy Comfort, Wesley Medical Clinic Practice Manager
The patient's doctor can make an adjustment online without the patient having to come into the clinic. Doctors say that this means that the patients can become more comfortable with their cpap machine sooner than later.
If left untreated sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.
Technology is constantly evolving and a new app has been found to be helpful.
"Some of the cpap manufactures offer an app that you can download to your i-phone and monitoring so you can see how you are doing," Tammy Comfort, Wesley Medical Clinic Practice Manager