Apr 4, 2017 by Chris Gamble
Sleep apnea is a condition in seniors that often may be misdiagnosed or even ignored. It is often confused with snoring, when in fact there is a great deal more to sleep apnea than that. When it is not treated, sleep apnea can cause serious health risks. The only real way to properly diagnose this condition is through a sleep study or medical testing. When diagnosed, the right equipment can be recommended to improve your senior loved one’s sleep.
If you provide elder care services for a family member in Orange, CA, you may know a senior who suffers from restlessness and lethargy during the day. Sleep apnea could very well be the cause for these symptoms. If your senior loved one snores, wakes up a lot during the night, and/or is regularly tired during the day, they may suffer from sleep apnea. Some seniors actually live with this condition for many years, unknowingly. Most of the time, they are unaware of their sleep apnea and confused about why they always feel tired. Many suffers of this condition are also overweight.
Again, this condition is frequently misdiagnosed as other health issues. Seniors may suffer from disrupted sleep, tossing and turning, snoring, choking at night, and feeling tired during the day. The reason for many of these symptoms is the blocked breathing, which causes the heart to pump harder to attain oxygen. When sleep apnea is not treated, the symptoms get worse. This is especially harmful for the elderly.
A sleep study is the only way to find out about a senior loved one’s sleep patterns. They must be monitored in a sleep test to be diagnosed. Once that is completed and the diagnosis is confirmed, treatment options are discussed.
Once diagnosed, Comfort Keepers of Orange, CA can create a customized care plan for your senior loved one. A dedicated caregiver can ensure that your family member receives medication reminders, maintains a healthy diet and keeps consistent sleep schedule in an effort to support treatment for sleep apnea. Contact us or call 714) 450-6494 to schedule a free in-home consultation, today.
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