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Why is Sleep Apnea Harmful?
The Cumulative Effect of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that can interrupt every night of rest for years on end. That means years of unnecessary suffering.
To make things worse, the effects of the condition are cumulative. The longer the disease goes untreated, the worse the obstruction becomes, and the more sleep debt piles up.
We all know that lack of restful sleep leads to feeling tired, grouchy and less able to enjoy the things we want to do. But it also has more concrete dangers. Daytime sleepiness can also put people at risk of nodding off at work, during social outings or even behind the wheel of a car. Having sleep apnea increases your risk of a fatal car accident sevenfold.
Because the body relies on sleep to restore its systems and keep brain chemistry in balance, interrupted sleep harms your health at every level. If sleep apnea remains untreated, other health conditions may emerge or current health problems may heighten, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Reflux disease (GERD)
- Gestational Diabetes
- Sexual Dysfunction
The Consequences of Sleep Apnea
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks such as driving and remaining focused at meetings.
- Morning and daytime headaches
- Generalized irritability
- Impaired emotional functioning
- Sleep disordered breathing in childhood can delay or damage cognitive development.