Sleep Apnea Disability


Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep condition that can be fatal. It is characterized by the abnormal cessation of breathing during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most commonly found form of this sleep condition and occurs when muscles at the base of throat relax and block the airway during sleeping. Central sleep apnea arises when the brain fails to send messages to the muscles that control breathing. Certain people may have the combination of both these forms of sleep apneas, known as complex sleep apnea.


Obstructive sleep apnea does have many notable symptoms, including loud snoring during sleeping, hypersomnia or excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden awakenings from sleep and the associated shortness of breath, insomnia or difficulty to stay asleep, headaches during morning, episodes of breathing pauses during sleep, and waking up from sleep with sore throat or dry mouth. This sleep condition is most commonly found in people with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, persistent nasal congestion, narrowed airway, and with a family history of sleep apnea. The use of alcohol and tranquilizers and smoking can increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea.


Central sleep apnea has similar symptoms like obstructive sleep apnea. It can be caused by many factors, including high altitude, congestive heart failure, stroke, brain damage, and the use of certain medications like opioids. Some people may have idiopathic central sleep apnea.

Individuals with sleep apnea should seek medical intervention if they experience excessive day drowsiness, snoring that is loud enough to wake others up, shortness of breath during sleeping, and intermittent breathing pauses during sleeping.


Sleep apnea can lead to life threatening medical conditions such as high blood pressure, atria fibrillation and other abnormal heart rhythms, cardiovascular disease, hypoxia or low blood oxygen, which can cause sudden death from heart failure. Moreover, the daytime drowsiness can cause several problems like fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, decreased mental development, behavior problems, and poor performance in school and at work.


Fortunately, sleep apnea can be treated with many different therapies, such as CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure, adjustable airway pressure devices, oral applications, and supplemental oxygen therapy. This sleep condition may also be treated with surgeries like uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, maxillomandibular advancement, and tracheostomy. Moreover, sleep apnea is considered as a disability by the Canadian Government. If you are suffering from this sleep order, you are entitled to claim for disability insurance and other benefits. Professional services like the Canadian Disability Corporation can help you get the disability insurance and other benefits you deserve. They can make the whole procedure simpler and easier for you.


Frequently Asked Questions

    Can i get disability check for Sleep Apnea?
    Can i get disability check for Sleep Apnea? I am almost 18 and about to be kicked out of home.Me and my brother and a couple friends are getting a apartment together and i cant find a job and i need money and i have sleep apnea i use a oxygen machine to sleep at night and was wondering if i could get a disability check and pay my rent with it.How much money would i get?

    • ANSWER:
      I have no idea sorry but I sympathise with your situation and hope it all works out for you.

    Can I claim Disability for Sleep Apnea as a result from leaving the military?
    I am suffering from a sleeping disorder after leaving the military. If there is no record of this in my medical record, can I still make a Disability claim with the VA? I am currently having severe sleeping problems after leaving the military with 9 years of service!

    • ANSWER:
      yes you can make a claim and win…you will need proof from a m.d. and also a psychiatrist stating that you can not work 12 consecutive months. you will also need a lawyer who specializes in disability. disability lawyers do not charge you unless you win the case. so you have nothing to lose. also be prepared to wait at least 1 1/2 to 2 years from beginning to end for this process. good luck

    Is a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea considered a disability by the US government?

    • ANSWER:
      i dont believe so . my sister has it there are many treatments that alleviate the problem . the c pap or surgery or losing weight or the chief ways to solve the problem

    Military disability, Sleep apnea and out of pocket CPAP cost?
    I am currently in the United States Army and I was recently diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. The doctor told me that I will have to use a CPAP machine to help me get better sleep at night. I have done some research and found out that I will be eligible for 50% disability, and some of the disability money will be used for CPAP parts. I was wondering on average how much “out of pocket money” do theses parts cost.
    the first answer is great not to high of a out of pocket cost but I was wondering if there were monthly parts you need to buy and if so how much they cost

    • ANSWER:
      Generally. your military insurance benefits will cover CPAP if you meet the criteria. You can always find equipement online for cheaper, but generally, to get the support needed (and have insurance cover it), you will get it from a DME supplier. I believe Tricare covers CPAP and supplies at 100%. After you get the CPAP, humidifier, mask, headgear, tubing, and filters, it is recommended that you replace the mask, headgear, tubing, filters, and water chamber every 6 months and this too is covered. There are pieces and parts covered more frequently, but not needed if not broken.

      There is no need use disability as there are many 100% functioning people who have sleep apnea.

    MEB Disability do I get compensated for the pacemaker and sleep apnea or just one or the other?
    I have recently got a pacemaker installed I was diagnosed with sleep apnea two years ago and found fit for duty for just the sleep apnea. I was told I will have to get another MEB done because of the pacemaker. My question is when they are considering a percentage from the Air Force will they consider both the pacemaker and the sleep apnea or just the pacemaker because they found it unfit for duty but found the sleep apnea fit for duty?

    • ANSWER:
      When the Military does the MEB, it will be for the ONE condition that makes you unfit for duty.
      They will rate you on that one condition to determine amount of retired pay.
      It will be either the % of rating or standard formula, whichever is higher.
      Then you can apply to VA for disability and they will consider all conditions for their rating.,3,Overview