With 22 million Americans diagnosed with sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, we are a sleep-deprived nation. But sleep apnea, also known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is not simply a lack of sleep. It is a chronic condition that can contribute or lead to increased blood pressure, the risk of a heart attack, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, depression among other negative health consequences.
Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted during sleep because of a physical blockage in the airway. In central sleep apnea, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to send the signal to the muscles to breathe. Complex sleep apnea is a combination of both issues. With each apnea, which is when the breathing is interrupted, the brain wakes up the sleeper to wake up and breathe. This can happen hundreds of times a night, which makes the person’s sleep completely fragmented. In addition to the fatigue, which is cumulative, the continuous reduction of oxygen levels in the bloodstream leads to stresses on the person’s respiratory and cardiovascular system.
People with severe untreated sleep apnea have reductions in a certain type of tissue in their brains, which leads to serious impairments in cognition, mood, and alertness. Functional and anatomical changes in the brainstem have been found in people with sleep apnea. Some people do not find treatment effective.
Sleep apnea and sleep disorders may lead to an inability to perform the tasks and duties of many jobs, making even simple tasks difficult and making complex tasks and high-level cognitive thinking impossible. Sleep studies are just the start of figuring out how to treat a sleep disorder. Some people can be helped through the use of a CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), but there are many who cannot use a CPAP mask.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, complex sleep apnea or central sleep apnea or any other sleep disorder and are unable to work, you probably turned to your disability insurance policy as a way to replace your income. Not surprisingly, sleep disorders are treated with some suspicion by disability insurance companies. That’s why you need the help of a disability insurance law firm with experience representing claimants with sleep disorder disabilities. Call our office today at 877-583-2524 if your sleep disorder disability claim has been denied or terminated. We understand the challenges that you face and are familiar with the tactics. At Frankel & Newfield, we have a long record of successful representation of sleep apnea and sleep disorder patients at all phases of the claim process: before filing, during the process of being denied or delayed, in the appeals process, and in litigation.
Call our offices today at 1-877-LTD-CLAIM (1-877-583-2524) for a free consultation to speak with a partner about your situation.
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