The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

The body needs a deep and restful sleep for proper health, but people who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea are unable to achieve proper sleep because OSA temporarily blocks their airways and reduces the amount of oxygen that enters their bloodstreams. Each Obstructive Sleep Apnea episode lasts 10 seconds or longer and in some individuals can happen several hundred times a night. The lack of oxygen causes their bodies to struggle, affects their health and often leaves them with early morning headaches and a feeling of being excessively tired throughout the day. The decreased levels of oxygen in their bloodstreams can also aggravate diabetes, lead to high blood pressure, cause abnormal heart rhythms, and increase the chances for heart attacks or strokes. The National Commission on Sleep Disorders attributes 38,000 cardiovascular deaths a year to be a result of Sleep Apnea.

Recently, Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been associated with increased levels of Epinephrine and Norepinephrine, both of which are known to raise blood pressure and impact inflammation. An increase of inflammatory cells can lead to an inflammation in the lining of the blood vessels and the blockage of arteries.

Many people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea find it very difficult to stay awake. This can result in losing a job due to poor work performance or be life threatening in dangerous environments such as operating machinery or while driving. In fact, research shows that people with OSA are 6 times more likely to be involved in traffic accidents than regular drivers.

If left untreated, Sleep Apnea can significantly increase the risk for the following :

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weight Gain
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Accidents
  • Angina (Chest Pains and Discomfort)
  • Strokes
  • Heart Attacks

Also at danger is the health and safety of the spouses and partners of people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Snoring, a common symptom of OSA, can disrupt their sleep patterns, affecting their health and safety much the same way as the person actually suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Interested in learning more about obstructive sleep apnea and its dangers and risks? Call The Los Angeles Sleep Study Institute at 1-855-690-0563.