Even if Obstructive Sleep Apnea doesn’t completely wake you up, these interruptions in sleep can lead to many medical problems and decrease the quality of your life.
Our bodies need the regular flow of oxygen to thrive and survive. These apnea events occur after we exhale when oxygen levels are already low. It is dangerous to rob the body’s organs, including the brain, of oxygen. Repeat this many times during the night and eventually something is going to break down.
Research shows that individuals under age 50 with Obstructive Sleep Apnea have a life expectancy that is reduced by 8 to 18 years.
Sound and deep sleep is needed for us to feel refreshed and function properly the next day. In addition, hormone production occurs during deep sleep. If we have poor sleep quality, we can be prone to issues that affect our quality of life.
Health Risks Associated With Sleep Apnea
Research has shown that sleep apnea can increase your risk for:
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Atrial fibrillation
- Acid reflux disease (GERD)
- Male impotence and decreased sex drive
- Problems with memory
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling of depression
- Easily irritated
- Increased likelihood of auto accidents
- Morning headaches
- Increased Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children