Sleep apnea is a common and serious disorder that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. As a result, not enough air reaches the lungs. This sudden drop in blood oxygen levels can increase blood pressure and strain the cardiovascular system. This increases the risk of a variety of medical condition, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, recurrent heart attack, and abnormal heartbeats, such as atrial fibrillation. In addition, people with sleep apnea have an increased risk of severe daytime drowsiness, fatigue and irritability, as well as motor vehicle and workplace accidents.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) are two non-invasive forms of therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. Both CPAP and BiPAP deliver pressurized air through a mask to a patient's airways to help patients breathe easily and regularly throughout the night.
This monthly group provides support, as well as education about sleep apnea. Family members and friends of people with sleep apnea who use CPAP or BiPAP are also invited to attend.