Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can reduce the quality of life and life expectancy of sufferers. We have summarized the possible effects of obstructive sleep apnea for you.
SLEEP APNEA: EFFECTS
- Cardiovascular system: Since the nocturnal breathing pauses lead to an undersupply of oxygen to the brain, this can have negative effects on the cardiovascular system. For example, high blood pressure or an increased risk of a heart attack. The likelihood of a stroke also increases with age.
- Diabetes: The risk of diabetes mellitus type 2 also increases because the body releases stress hormones as a result of the breathing pauses, which increase blood pressure and inhibit insulin production. The blood sugar level is therefore permanently at a very high level.
- Heartburn: Sleep apnea sufferers also often suffer from heartburn. The narrowing of the upper airways causes a kind of negative pressure, which allows gastric acid to rise when inhaled and comes into contact with the mucous membranes. This causes the painful burning sensation in the chest.
- Sexual apathy: This can also result in problems with potency and a lack of sexual desire in both men and women.
- Daytime sleepiness: Ultimately, obstructive sleep apnea causes those affected to feel tired and exhausted the next morning. Fatigue can lead to poor concentration and increase the risk of microsleep. This increases the risk of a car accident.
- Depression: The points mentioned above negatively affect the quality of life and well-being of the affected patients. As a result, those affected often have to struggle with depressive moods.
How do I find out if I have Obstructive Sleep Apnea? See our article Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Symptoms & Diagnosis .
The points shown make it clear how serious an obstructive sleep apnea can be. In our article Avoid snoring: Tips against snoring , we have summarized helpful tips that help to reduce or prevent snoring and breathing stops. Note : If you suspect obstructive sleep apnea, you should definitely consult a doctor.