The Dangers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

1 in 5 Americans have Sleep Apnea, and 85% of them are unaware and left untreated!

You may know that Sleep Apnea affects the quality and quantity of your sleep every night, but did you know that it’s also related to a host of other physical and psychological symptom and conditions.

Mood Disturbance

Patients who used CPAP Therapy for one year showed improvements in symptoms of depression were significant and lasting. This may be because without adequate oxygen to your brain, the ability of psychiatric meds to improve depression or bipolar disorder is decreased. Many patients present as “treatment resistant”, when really they need to be treated for OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).

Risk of Stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the US, and the 3rd leading cause of death. Sleep Apnea increases the chance of having a stroke, this risk is greatly reduced if the Sleep Apnea is treated. 66% of stroke victims have evidence of Sleep Apnea, and 84% of brainstem strokes have Sleep Apnea.

Hypertension

Evidence shows that CPAP therapy lowers nighttime and daytime blood pressure, which lessens the stress on your heart. If left untreated, 45 % of OSA patients who do not already have high blood pressure will develop it within 4 years. If left untreated, Sleep Apnea may contribute to developing CHF, heart attack, or sudden death.

 

Obesity

Poor sleep can cause or contribute to impaired regulation of glucose, insulin, leptin, ghrelin, and cortisol levels which are directly related to weight control. When your appetite isn’t suppressed by these chemicals, you start craving starchy carbs, and your metabolism plummets.

 

The Good News

Treatment for OSA is simple and can be prescribed by your doctor. If you’re worried about your health, contact your physician and ask them about Sleep Apnea or any of the related conditions.

 

 

Sources: Medscape, Pubmed.gov, & BioMed Central

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