Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea does more than simply disrupt your sleep at night. Sleep apnea is dangerous to those with the condition because it raises the risk for other health issues. Understanding how sleep apnea affects your entire body can help you understand the importance of receiving the intervention treatment that you need. 

Here are some of the most serious health concerns related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): 

  • Heart Disease. People who suffer from OSA are more likely to suffer from heart attacks. OSA causes a person’s oxygen level to be low, and it also causes stress on the body because of repeated waking throughout the night. Sleep apnea disrupts how the body receives oxygen and how much it receives. This affects how the brain works to control the blood flow to your heart and arteries.
  • Diabetes. Disrupted sleep can cause the body to improperly use insulin. While sleep apnea is a common issue among those who have Type 2 Diabetes, there are also links that sleep apnea may be a risk factor for this disease in those who previously did not suffer from diabetes.
  • High blood pressure. Repeated waking during the night causes stress on the body. This stress level causes hormone systems to work overtime, boosting the body’s blood pressure levels. Sleep apnea also causes the blood pressure levels to drop when the body does not receive adequate oxygen levels – meaning that a person’s blood pressure level may be increased from stress on the body while also being decreased from lack of sufficient oxygen. This combination puts huge stresses on the body, and can cause high blood pressure from the body fighting against itself.
  • Weight gain. It has long been understood that the amount of sleep a person receives has a direct effect on a person’s weight. Insufficient sleep causes the body to become fatigued. Weight gain is a common symptom of inadequate sleep. It is also important to note that weight gain has direct effects on the previously mentioned health concerns of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Because of the direct health concerns related to sleep apnea, it is vitally important that you receive the treatment you need. At Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders, Dr. Mitul Patel offers proven solutions for managing and treating sleep apnea. Contact our practice to schedule a consultation. Your sleep affects your health, and we are here for you.

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