You may be suffering from a dangerous condition if you seldom wake up feeling refreshed. Most people are aware of the consequences of not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause mood swings, irritability, food cravings, difficulty focusing, and sluggishness.
When you do not know why you cannot sleep, the symptoms become even more aggravating. The causes of sleep deprivation can range from blue light exposure to parasites, but you could be suffering from something more serious like sleep apnea.
The Disability appeal process can be complex if you do not know the Blue Book listing criteria and how to provide relevant medical documentation and other details in support of your case. Remember, the Social Security Administration will investigate every single detail before processing a disability application and reaching a final decision on benefit entitlement.
You should make sure that all information and details relevant to your disability are clearly provided with the application. This information should include detailed medical documentation since the start of treatment for your ailment. There are many other important details to remember when you begin the process.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing briefly while you are asleep. It affects an estimated 22 million Americans. When you have this issue, your airway becomes blocked as your body relaxes during sleep, limiting air flow to your lungs.
It is characterized by loud snoring and frequent choking noises, deprives your brain and body of oxygen, resulting in frequent awakenings throughout the night. It could happen a few times per night or hundreds of times per night, depending on the circumstances and severity of your particular condition.
There are three types. Each manifests differently in your body. The end result, however, is the same: all three deprive your body of oxygen.
This is the most common type of sleep apnea, which occurs when your throat muscles relax, preventing oxygen from reaching your lungs.
This is a less common version of the condition. It happens when your brain fails to properly signal the muscles in your body that control your breathing.
This is the least common of the three. It is also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea. This occurs when a person exhibits symptoms of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.
Although many people are unaware that they have sleep apnea, some people have severe cases in which they are constantly awakened by breathing disruptions and get very little sleep. Even if people with this condition are not aware of their sleep disruptions, they are frequently tired during the day.
Several factors contribute to the development of sleep apnea in humans. This includes everything from your bodyweight to the formation and shape of your tongue.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) no longer lists sleep apnea as a disability, but it does list breathing disorders, heart problems, and mental deficits. You might automatically qualify for disability benefits if you meet the listing criteria for a diagnosed disease related to or caused by sleep apnea.
Severe cognitive deficits, mood disturbances, and behavioral issues, chronic pulmonary hypertension, and chronic heart failure are some diseases that are related to sleep apnea that might meet the criteria of disability for sleep apnea.
To be eligible for benefits under this list, you must be able to demonstrate that you have either:
If you have this condition but do not meet one of the criteria, the SSA will consider your “residual functional capacity” or RFC. The SSA uses your RFC assessment to determine what kind of work you are still capable of doing despite the limitations imposed by your medical condition.
When you contact a legal professional for the first time, they will conduct an initial review of your case. Suppose you have never applied for SSI Eligibility and benefits before. In that case, they will determine your chances of success, whether your application has already been denied and, if so, they will look into what went wrong with your application.
Disability lawyers, especially the more experienced ones, know the system like the back of their hands. They understand what the SSA expects to see and what type of evidence to provide.
They will surely bear a large portion of the burden of gathering the necessary evidence to support your claim. You will not have to worry about how to approach your doctors or what kind of evidence you will need. We can assist you in determining whether you are eligible for SSDI and guide you through this complicated process. You can rely on us to handle all types of disability benefits cases, including benefits at age 50.
We have strategies in place to assist our clients at every stage of the appeals process. While proving a sleep apnea claim can be difficult, our experienced attorneys know what to look for and how to back up your claim.