Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Common health risks of sleep apnea

It seems that the amount of sleep and the quality of it has gotten a lot of notice recently. In a fast paced world  there is so much stress and so little time to get everything accomplished sleep and rest are sometimes neglected. But now folks are realizing that sleep is very important not only for building energy it also protects you from illnesses and disorders that can be detrimental to your health. Sleep apnea, becoming one of the most well-known sleep disorders besides insomnia, limits the amount of refreshing rest but it also may lead to many serious illnesses.

  • You know how you feel after a night of little rest or sleep. Your mood is probably bad and you aren’t very productive. Sleep apnea can lead to emotional problems and even depression. 
  • The amount of oxygen that the heart receives is vital to maintaining life. If there is an interruption like the kind that occurs with sleep apnea then the heart must work harder which could lead to heart damage and high blood pressure. 
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome is when a person continually suffers from being exhausted. No amount of bed rest will help. Having sleep apnea is similar and sometimes connected with this disorder.  
  • A large percentage of folks with sleep apnea are also obese. This situation will not improve with sleep apnea due to the lack of energy from getting little sleep. It is a bit of a vicious circle.
There are many others conditions that can occur due to sleep apnea that is why it is important to check with your doctor about your options on how to resolve this problem.

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