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How Can Sleep Apnea Affect Your Health?

shutterstock_270278747Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects many people. While asleep, those who have sleep apnea become unable to breathe properly, as the tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and block the airway. Due to this blockage, loud snoring is a common side effect (the body tries to pull in more air, causing the tissues to vibrate). Individuals with sleep apnea may also periodically stop breathing in their sleep, or jolt suddenly as a result of the muscles fighting to breathe. This condition often leads to serious health risks and side effects, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Impaired concentration
  • Driving or work-related accidents
  • Irritability

Because the risks associated with sleep apnea can be extremely serious and potentially life-threatening, it is important to be treated as soon as possible. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, we strongly urge you to schedule a sleep study in order to obtain a proper diagnosis from a medical doctor. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Jeffrey Schultz can help treat this condition, helping to prevent these dangerous side effects.