Your body tells you abnormal signals, 
related to ‘Sleep Apnea’
Sleep disorder that needs a treatment
Snoring results in sleep apnea by increasing age, decreasing memories and the elasticity of the muscles and the numbers of snoring patients are rapidly increasing. It is found that as the symptoms of sleep apnea increase, the risks of the heart and cerebrovascular diseases also increase. So we interviewed the Korea’s best sleep medicine expert and he tells everything about ‘Sleep Apnea’.

Korea’s Best Sleep Medicine Expert M.D. Jin-Kyu, Han 
Director of Seoul Sleep Center

 - Former Professor of Neurology Division, Korea University College of Medicine
 - Board Member of Korea Society of Sleep Medicine
 - First Sleep Specialist with the American Registration in Nation
 - Fellowship in Sleep Disorders Center, Cleveland Clinic, USA 
 - 5,000 Treatment Cases with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) in the
   Shortest Period in Asia

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

‘Snoring’ is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. Snoring itself is not a disorder but when each pause in breathing, called an apnea occurs 5 to 30 mins or more in an hour, it is called ‘Sleep Apnea’, which results in disturbing oxygen supplies to the heart and brain.

‘Sleep Study’, the Most Accurate Diagnostic System 
Sleep Apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. More important thing is when breathing is paused, carbon dioxide is building up the bloodstream and the level of oxygen becomes low. Thus, it must be diagnosed with “Sleep Study” overnight to find out the causes.

Snoring with Sleep Apnea, Fatal to Heart and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Snoring with sleep apnea occurs insomnia, sleep talking and cardio cerebral-vascular diseases. When the oxygen supplies to the heart decreases, myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke can be occurred. Snoring and apnea are the main causes of stroke and heart diseases.

Stroke Prevention with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) 
The standard trend of the treatment for snoring associated with sleep apnea is CPAP in the developed countries. There has been no evidence that any surgeries have treated sleep apnea except for the CPAP treatment.

Habits are important in childhood, your children may be at risk
It is important to have a habit that close the mouth while sleeping from young age. To radically treat snoring and apnea with the structure abnormality, it should be treated before 12 years old. The bone structure of children is more flexible so it is possible to straighten the bones and make the new airway shape. If you snore or have sleep apnea with the structure abnormality, you need to watch out your children’s sleeping habits and go through the medical process before the age of 12.

5,000 Treatment Cases with CPAP in the Shortest Period in Asia
The face bone structures of Asians and Westerners are different but the current CPAP masks are made in USA and Australia, which in turns means that they are all for Westerners. We have had numerous clinical experiences and know-how using those machines for Asian patients and provide one-stop treatment service, 1 night and 2 days, including examinations. For international patients, we take the machine out to your accommodation for the treatment.

First Sleep Specialist with the American Registration in Nation
I was a neurologist and most of my patients had had insomnia with headaches and what I could do was just giving them prescriptions. I was not really satisfied with that fact so I studied more about medicine at various hospitals in USA and found out the world top treatment for sleep disorders. Now I am very proud of myself that I have raised the standard of sleep apnea treatments in Korea.

The increase numbers in international patients
We are designated as a hospital of sleep disorders by the American Embassy and the Embassy staffs come for the treatments. I have studied and had treatment experiences in the Western country so the treatments are smoothly done and have no problems. Recently, we have had increasing numbers of Chinese patients and I especially remember a patient who had done 3 to 4 times of surgeries with no effects but with the CPAP treatment, he was fully cured.

What to be cautious about during the treatment
During the treatment, quitting drinking is the most important thing. Drinking alcohol changes the snoring pressure and sound, which disturb the treatment. However, if it is inevitable to drink alcohol, for instance due to business, it is recommendable to use automatic CPAP machine.