What Are the Dangers of Sleep Apnea ?

Posted on: April 16, 2018

Sleep apnea is an incredibly serious disorder.  If you suspect you have sleep apnea or are simply having trouble sleeping, meet with a sleep doctor right away to obtain an accurate diagnosis.  It is imperative you receive treatment for this disorder before it causes serious physical or mental problems.

Did you know…?

Sleep apnea can lead to all sorts of short-term and long-term health issues that affect your ability to live a happy and productive life.

Sleep Apnea can Compromise Your Sleep and Well-being

Those who suffer from sleep apnea and fail to have it treated often struggle to get a solid night of rest.  Sleep apnea will likely cause you to feel drowsy during the day. It will make you feel like a shadow of your true self.  Furthermore, sleep apnea will almost certainly cause you to drive drowsy.

You might fall asleep behind the wheel or suffer an accident at work simply because you are overly-fatigued.  In fact, sleep apnea can even affect your significant other in that it will likely lead to loud snoring. Such loud snoring will undoubtedly make sleeping that much more challenging for your significant other.

The Many Problems that Result from Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can impact your health in all sorts of negative ways.  Those who have sleep apnea sometimes wake up in an abrupt fashion feeling short of breath and gasping for air.  Others wake with a sore throat, headache, depression and irritability. Many people with sleep apnea find it difficult to pay attention in school or at work.

The bottom line is sleep apnea makes maintaining a mental focus that much more difficult.  There is a good chance you will suffer either a mental or physical problem of some sort if you suffer from this disorder.  Below, we take a specific look at some particular health problems caused by untreated sleep apnea.

The Impact of Sleep Apnea on the Heart and Blood Pressure

Sleep apnea can cause heart problems and/or high blood pressure.  This disease stops breathing, spurring the oxygen level in the blood to decrease.  This drop boosts blood pressure and strains the heart. The result is a heightened chance for a heart attack, irregular heartbeat or stroke.

People who already have heart disease might end up with an irregular heart rhythm that proves to be fatal.  It is even possible for sleep apnea to lead to the development of metabolic syndrome. This is a disorder characterized by elevated blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.  

Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

The body's resistance to insulin helps control blood sugar levels.  Those who suffer from sleep apnea end up with an increased resistance to insulin.  This results in a higher chance for the development of the much-dreaded type 2 diabetes.

In general, those who have blood sugar issues find sleep apnea makes the problem that much worse. So do not try to push through this challenge on your own.  Meet with your doctor to determine the best approach to treating your sleep apnea and improving your overall health.

Please call Des Moines Dental Center today at (206) 408-8541!

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