8 Hidden Dangers Of Sleep Apnea

February 26, 2017

Some people think sleep apnea is just some loud snoring. We all snore, some nights worse than others, so what’s the big deal? The truth is worse: Sleep apnea can be a very serious condition. That’s why you need to call Advanced Dental Concepts today at 916-945-9985 for sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Miller is highly trained at helping people safely get back to sleep again.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

There are a few types of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is when your brain stops sending signals to breathe while asleep. Obstructive sleep apnea means something is blocking your airway at night. It could be a mass in your throat. It could also be your neck muscles relaxing so much they start to collapse your windpipe.

Either way, you are repeatedly waking up during the night. Some people wake up more than two hundred times during a single night of sleep. Complex sleep apnea syndrome is a combination of central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

Hidden Sleep Apnea Dangers

Restless nights from waking up so often means you are not getting the rest your body needs, and that leads to problems. Some might be obvious, but others are not. Here are eight hidden dangers of sleep apnea.

Auto accidents: When you are exhausted, you are more prone to making mistakes. Your brain needs rest at night. Without it, you feel like you’re in a fog. That means you aren’t able to pay attention to things as you normally can. Driving is second nature to you by now, but you still need to pay attention to the road. Other cars could stop suddenly, lights can change quickly, and some stop signs are hard to see. When you have sleep apnea, you could very easily have an auto accident.

Weight gain: Studies have shown a connection between losing sleep and gaining weight. Your body does not work properly when it’s constantly deprived of sleep. That can mean having less energy to exercise, which leads to weight gain. Worse, this is a vicious cycle. The heavier you are, the more likely you are to suffer from sleep apnea. That’s because fat can build up around your neck. It’s harder to keep your airway open at night. That makes you gain more weight, and so on.

High blood pressure: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when something gets in the way of your regular breathing at night. This leads to snoring and can result in repeatedly waking up feeling like you’re suffocating. That’s because you are close to suffocating. If your airway is obstructed, you can’t get the oxygen your body needs. When you’re low on oxygen, your cardiovascular system goes into overdrive. It pumps harder and faster, trying to get oxygen to all parts of your body. All of that work makes your blood pressure go higher.

Heart disease: As with high blood pressure, this can result from not getting enough oxygen when you breathe. Your heart pumps harder than normal just to send much-needed oxygen around your body. This isn’t like making your heart go faster at the gym. This can hurt your heart. If you already have some heart problems like an abnormal rhythm, sleep apnea will likely make those much worse.

Lower grades at school: At the best of times, school is an exciting place where tremendous learning can happen. At the worst, it’s a dull, boring scene of repetitive work requiring little actual thought. That means a lot of your academic performance can depend on how alert you are. If you cannot focus because you’re exhausted, then your grades are most likely going to suffer. How can you do well on a test if you hardly ever get a good night’s rest?

Worse job performance: The same is true for adults who are at work, even if work means taking care of the home. Meetings can get dull. So can plugging numbers into a spreadsheet. Plus, all of that work stress can get magnified. If you are tired all the time because of sleep apnea, you are going to be irritable. Small problems can magnify and look much worse. Your ability to deal with stress is decreased as well. You’re more likely to snap at people, which will not look good at your next employee review.

Sleep apnea can be a serious condition. That’s why you should not put off getting sleep apnea treatment. At our Roseville, CA dental office, we can help keep your airway clear and stop snoring. Call us today at 916-945-9985 for your next appointment.

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