The Health Risks That Come with Sleep Apnea

health risks that come with sleep apneaBy itself, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can pose a serious risk to your overall health. OSA describes the frequent cessation of breathing while you sleep due to oral tissues blocking your airway, and repeated interruptions to your sleep as your body is forced to start breathing again.

Besides depriving you of sleep and oxygen, obstructive sleep apnea can significantly increase your risks of chronic systemic health issues in the future. Finding an appropriate treatment for sleep apnea can help you avoid these health risks in the future, in addition to helping you rest more soundly in the present.

Sleep Apnea and Your Systemic Wellbeing

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea experience the gradual blockage of their airway while they sleep as oral and throat tissues collapse into the passage. This forces you to struggle harder to receive necessary oxygen, and combined with the prolonged sleep deprivation, the condition can threaten a number of your systemic functions. Left untreated, the sleep and oxygen deprivation can complicate medical conditions or place you at a higher risk of chronic issues as you grow older, including;

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Respiratory and/or cardiovascular troubles
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Issues with liver function
  • Common Illnesses (due a weaker immune system)
  • Complications with dental/medical procedures
  • Mental health issues
  • Depression
  • And more

If you or a loved one snores loudly every night, or if you experience the symptoms of sleep deprivation even though you believe you are sleeping soundly, then schedule an appointment at our office as soon as possible for a professional sleep assessment.