Sleep apnea affects about 4% of men across the United States. It is one of the main reasons behind snoring. While listening to a person snore while sleeping may be quite amusing for some, remember that the illness presents some very real health problems.
TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre offers a brief discussion about the dangers of sleep apnea below:
- It may have a negative connection with memory formation.
Recent research based on tests conducted on people suffering from severe sleep apnea has revealed that the illness may be connected to a person’s impaired memory formation process. Furthermore, the study suggests that memory loss may also be an additional symptom for sleep apnea patients.
- It makes you more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases.
Men with severe and untreated sleep apnea are three times more likely to suffer from heart diseases than men who had their illnesses treated, according to a study in 2005. Additionally, sudden death during sleep due to heart rhythm problems appeared to be more common among sleep apnea patients.
- It makes travelling behind the wheel quite dangerous.
Studies have shown that people with sleep apnea are five times as prone to daytime vehicular accidents as people who sleep normally. This is especially true for people who are usually groggy or sleepy during the daytime – a very likely side effect of not being able to breathe properly while sleeping.
- It increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
A lower metabolic rate is associated with sleep apnea. Thus, people who have difficulty sleeping normally tend to gain more weight and have a more difficult time losing it. On top of being overweight, the inability to sleep properly can also cause insulin resistance; combined, these two factors contribute to the overall risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
Take the illness seriously. There are medical experts in every state who can help you out, so consult one if you need any help.