Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Aug 16, 2019

Having obstructive sleep apnea can be dangerous. If you have been diagnosed with this, understand ins and outs of this condition. If it is left untreated, it can get worse over time.

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

It is a type of sleep apnea which occurs when your throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep. Your body wakes up immediately to resume breathing and interrupts your sleep.

It can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other long-term risks. The noticeable sign is excessive snoring.


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What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?

  • Sleepy during day
  • Loud snoring
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Difficulty in concentrating during the day
  • Experiencing mood changes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sweat during night
  • Decrease in libido

How Obstructive Sleep Apnea Negatively Affects the Body

There are many types of health conditions associated with sleep apnea such as high blood pressure and obesity. It can cause damage to different systems within your body. It affects are-

Respiratory System

Due to the lack of oxygen, while sleeping, sleep apnea affects the symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. You are not able to breathe properly.

Endocrine System

Sleep apnea people may develop insulin resistance where cells don’t respond to the hormone insulin as well. You may develop type 2 diabetes.

Digestive System

People with sleep apnea are prone to fatty liver disease, liver scarring and higher-than-normal levels of liver enzymes.

Circulatory & Cardiovascular Systems

If you have sleep apnea, you might have abnormal heart rhythm which could increase the risk of a stroke.

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Nervous System

Central sleep apnea which is caused by a disruption in the brain’s signals that allows breathing. It can also lead to neurological symptoms like numbness and tingling.

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The consequences of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep could be severe if left untreated. It can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, COPD and fatty liver disease. Therefore, sleep apnea needs to be treated immediately. If you are having sleep apnea, visit the Hillcrest Dental Care and get it treated right away.