The Hidden Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is an unfortunate fact of life that often gets overlooked. By and large, the person who snores is not aware they’re even doing it. Unless the person who snores has a partner who voiced their discomfort, it’s possible for a person who suffers from a major sleep disorder to go through their entire life without treatment or diagnosis for sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can often lead to larger problems, health issues like high blood pressure and even diabetes. It can also make you less alert, which can make you dangerous on the road or in everyday life.
- Blood Pressure: As said, sleep apnea can make your high blood pressure even worse. When you wake during the night, your body experiences stress, which makes your hormone system work on overdrive, which will boost your blood pressure. Oxygen levels also drop in the blood, which can add to the problem.
- Heart Disease: Those who suffer from OSA are more likely to have heart attacks than those who don’t suffer from OSA. Low oxygen or high-stress levels from waking up often can lead to strokes and atrial fibrillation (fast and fluttering heartbeat), conditions that sleep apnea augments and intensifies.
- Weight Gain: It’s been proven that gaining those extra pounds could raise your chances of getting sleep apnea, but it’s also true that having sleep apnea makes it harder to slim down or shed pounds. Fatty deposits can form around the neck area that disrupt breathing at night. Sleep apnea can also force your body to release more ghrelin, a hormone that makes you crave carbs and sweets.
One of the things we stress at Brodsky Orthodontics is that sleep apnea is a real disorder and it can have devastating effects that go much farther beyond disrupting a night of sleep for you or your partner. It’s silly to go through your entire life without exploring the many treatments for sleep apnea that are at your disposal.
Contact Brodsky Orthodontics today and we’ll consult with you one on one about your situation. From there we will devise a proactive plan to get your sleep patterns back to normal.