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Sleep apnea is considered to be a serious medical condition. Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleeping disorder where breathing starts and stops repeatedly. There are 2 types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea; obstructive sleep apnea is the more common type.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax and central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send the proper signals to your muscles that control breathing.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common signs of both types of sleep apnea include:
Who is affected by sleep apnea? Sleep apnea can affect anyone, including adults and children. Certain factors can make a person more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea such as excess weight, neck circumference, narrowed airway, your gender (men are more likely to develop sleep apnea, but post- menopausal and overweight women have increased risk), your age (over 60) and family history and race. Other factors include nasal congestion, smoking and use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers.
Risk factors for central sleep apnea include gender (males have a higher risk), age (people over 65), people with heart disorders and stroke or brain tumour.
Sleep apnea can affect a person’s ability to work as it affects a person’s quality of sleep and causes daytime sleepiness. This means that it can affect a person’s ability to drive and stay awake and alert at work. Staying alert at work is important for any job, but it is particularly important when it affects the safety of others, for example, jobs that involve operating heavy machinery or dangerous tools.
If you have sleep apnea and have made a claim for long-term disability benefits, you should contact a disability lawyer to find out your legal rights and options. The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates can help you if your claim for long-term disability benefits has been denied. Our firm offers a free initial consultation and we only get paid when you get paid.
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