Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 12, 2014
Even as a natural rejuvenator of the human body and spirit, sleep is something that some people—especially those with busy schedules—usually do not give enough importance. But in some cases, not getting enough sleep might not be a voluntary decision. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. Sleep apnea is one of the more common conditions, with one out of every five people over the age of 35 suffering from it. Houston-based sleep center Apnix Sleep Diagnostics provides treatments for people suffering from variants of this medical disorder, and the local company has recently announced new treatments.
Sleep apnea is characterized by one of two breathing changes during sleep: pauses in the person's breathing and shallow or infrequent breathing. These changes are caused by the airway's opening being partially blocked by the tongue and throat muscles. The word "apnea" refers the breathing pauses, each of which can last anywhere from 10 seconds to several minutes. These pauses can be as frequent as 5 to 30 times per hour. Sleep apnea reduces the quality of sleep, and it can lead to more serious problems, such as frequent drowsiness, obesity, memory difficulties, sexual dysfunction, and heart failure.
Apnix's sleep experts start off by determining the type of sleep apnea. There are three variants: central (CSA), which is caused by respiratory problems; obstructive (OSA), which is caused by the blocking of the airway opening; and complex or mixed sleep apnea, which is a combination of CSA and OSA. Apnix Sleep Diagnostics also measures the severity of the sleep apnea and then begins to devise a treatment plan. For OSA sufferers in particular, Apnix prescribes Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, best known as CPAP. A non-invasive, non-surgical method of treatment, CPAP consist of a small mask placed over the nose of the patient to provide continuous air pressure and consequently keep the airway open.
Part of the treatment plans at Apnix Sleep Diagnostics includes lifestyle changes. The specialists with the company recommend sleep apnea patients to reduce the intake of alcohol, tobacco, and sleeping pills. Patients are also encouraged to exercise daily, eat healthy, and lose weight if necessary.
Apnix Sleep Diagnostics is a sleep center based in Houston, Texas. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the company specializes in diagnosing sleep disorders. Apnix primarily serves the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area; it has eight locations, with six in Houston, one in Katy and one in Sugar Land. Apnix prides itself on having served more than 20,000 patients since its establishment in 2000. For more information or to request an appointment, interested parties can call Apnix at (713) 349-9767.