Elara Creates: Understanding Sleep Apnea
As engaging scientific problems are raised, Elara often applies its story-telling ability to help communicate the issue using its extensive experience in 3D Animation.
Partnering with a creative team that is able to quickly understand your product + processes, extract your key message, and create an informative, relevant animation explicitly designed to educate your target audience makes a huge impact on the success of a project – and the same processes we developed to interact and succeed with clients apply to even our Elara sample projects.
In this presentation, we went deep into Sleep Apnea. We wanted to understand the symptoms, physiological causes and treatments. It all started in production when the one simple question was posed… Can you die from sleep apnea?
Elara is a extremely curious culture at its core (with a few Star Wars fans too), and we’re never just satisfied with a cursory explanation. So enjoy this educational piece we developed about Sleep Apnea… and then learn below about what we discovered in our quest for answers.
Can you die from sleep apnea?
After Carrie Fischer’s (Princess Leia) passing, Newscasts highlighted Sleep Apnea as the initial reason of death for the Star Wars idol. While it startled many of her fans, our team was immediately curious, because that’s who we are… and we started to research!
Sleep apnea takes place when an individual ceases to breathe for a period of 10 seconds or more. This can sometimes occur as often as five times an hour. A person with sleep apnea will usually gasp, choke, or snore while they are asleep, and wake up tired. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute reported that more than 12 million people in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea.
Some believe that sleep apnea cannot actually cause death because the body should be able to abruptly awaken in case of an oxygen deficiency.
However, sleep apnea contributes to many health issues, which increase the chance of death. Clinical research has demonstrated that individuals with sleep apnea have an increased mortality rate, and untreated symptoms can lead to death. Sleep apnea quickens the heart rate, increases blood pressure, disturbs respiratory and cardiac function, causes discrepancies with brain and body chemistry, and interrupts circadian patterns.
So no. One does not die from Sleep Apnea, but we also learned that if left untreated, it can lead to many other health issues that can themselves lead to death.
If the symptoms are something you or your loved one experiences, contact your physician and explore your options.