Sleep Apnea is the intermittent absence of breathing during sleep.The apneas or pauses in breathing can happen many times during sleep and in severe sleep apnea some people may have as many as 500 apneas per night.
Sleep Apnea is easily identified by a Sleep Specialist or Respirologist and can be effectively treated.
Sleep apnea is often called the snoring disease because snoring is a common symptom. Snoring followed by silent pauses and daytime sleepiness are strong indicators for sleep apnea. Those who experience these two key symptoms should consult their doctor and seek a referral to a Respirologist for assessment and testing.
The Lung Association of Saskatchewan founded the Sleep Apnea support groups in 1999 in Saskatoon and then Regina to improve the ongoing support and education for people living with sleep apnea. Times have changed, and support and up-to-date information are now more readily available through the internet and through the sleep disorders clinics in Saskatoon and Regina. Since the sleep apnea support group meeting format is limited in its reach, The Lung Association has made the difficult decision to end the support group meetings. We will focus on providing improved education and services to more people through our website, newsletter and helpline at 1-888-566-LUNG. We recognise the continuing need for education as part of the management of sleep apnea and we are in the process of developing a new training program with the goal of providing access to certified sleep educators around the province.
The Lung Association will also continue to raise the public's awareness of sleep apnea and lobby for services to improve the diagnosis and treatment of those suffering from this serious medical condition.
Please contact us if you have any questions about sleep apnea.