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Always Tired? You Might Have Sleep Apnea

Author
James Parker
February 22, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guide for understanding sleep apnea. According to the FDA, the knowledge contained in the overview of the topic “can save your life.”

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Sleep apnea, as defined by the FDA, utilizes the greek term “apnea” or “without breath” to define a period where breathing stops for at least 10 seconds. Sleep apnea is diagnosable when this happens at least five times per hour but it can be far more frequent in some patients. The most common sign of sleep apnea is the accompanying fatigue, which is defined as physical or mental tiredness.

In general, there are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue, soft palate, or throat muscles relax too much during sleep and block the airway as a result. Central sleep apnea is not caused by muscular obstruction, but by a deficiency in the brain that causes it to fail to send the correct signals to breathe during sleep.

Sleep apnea man wearing CPAP machine

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea may not realize that this is happening to them. Since apnea occurs exclusively when the individual is asleep, they will only experience the consequences of obstructive sleep apnea like waking up with an unexplained headache or experiencing physical or mental fatigue. 

When the body is deprived of oxygen while sleeping at night, the essential organs of the body such as the brain or heart will not get enough oxygen. Furthermore, carbon dioxide will begin to build up in the body. When these things occur, the brain will send signals for the body to take a breath. This will cause the body to wake up just enough to take a few breaths before resettling. 

Since this cycle of waking and resting is imperceptible, most patients do not realize that they are being awoken at all. Instead, individuals living with obstructive sleep apnea just register that they are always exhausted or never seem to awaken feeling rested. If the individual sleeps with a roommate or partner, they may notice that the individual snores loudly, snorts, or chokes when beginning to breathe again after a significant pause. 

Some of the noticeable signs that an individual may be suffering from sleep apnea according to the FDA include:

  • Noting difficulty while concentrating
  • Shifting moods during the day
  • Unusual levels of sleepiness or exhaustion during the day
  • Waking up in the morning with a dry throat or headache
  • Waking up frequently at the night with no apparent cause

If it is suspected that an individual has sleep apnea, they will need to consult with a physician and submit to a sleep study; either at a sleep laboratory or at the individual’s home. 

One of the most common ways that doctors recommend treating sleep apnea is with a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine. These devices are used to ensure that the user can breathe easily throughout the night by way of constant air pressure which keeps the airways open at night. 

Many people use CPAP machines to ensure that they sleep soundly, greatly improving the quality of their sleep and subsequently their health by removing some of sleep apnea’s most detrimental effects including fatigue. However, some CPAP machines can conceal hidden dangers. 

The CPAP machine developed and sold by Philips, for example, has been tied to serious negative side effects including some types of cancer, asthma, reactive airway disease, and respiratory distress syndrome. These complications are the result of the breakdown of the sound dampening materials in the machine.

In order to prevent the CPAP machine from being too disruptive, the Philips CPAP machine utilizes sound abatement foam. If this foam breaks down, particles of the carcinogenic foam could enter the ventilation system and be inhaled by the user. Since these machines are necessary for a good night’s sleep, they are used continuously. This steadily builds up a collection of cancerous foam particles in the lungs of the user.

The complete list of CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices that have caused dangerous side effects to users is:

  • E30 
  • DreamStation ASV 
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation Go
  • Dorma 400 / 500
  • REMstar SE Auto
  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, Life Event
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30

If you or a loved one have experienced these symptoms and you have used any of these devices, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Thousands of users who have been hurt by these devices are filing lawsuits against Philips and others for distributing dangerous, cancer-causing devices to consumers without warning them of the potential downsides. 

If you file suit, you could receive a financial award for past and future medical expenses. This category of lawsuits is typically handled by attorneys who work on contingency. That means that you never pay the attorney, they only receive a set percentage of the final award. Contingency guarantees that if you don’t win, you don’t pay. 
Don’t wait. Contact Select Justice today for a free consultation and begin your journey to justice.

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