Sleep Apnea Risks
So you just found out that you have sleep apnea and wonder what risks might be involved with this sleeping disorder. One thing before you read the risk you have to know that all of these things can be preventive if you do your sleep therapy with a CPAP machine and change your diet/exercise routine and there are medications that you can take to help.
What are sleep apnea risks?
There are four main risk involved with sleep apnea.
The first being cardiovascular problems. Cardiovascular problems come from the sudden drop in the blood/oxygen levels that happen during sleep apnea. This will cause increase blood pressure and a strain in the cardiovascular system. This can also lead to having a stroke or even a cardiac arrest. The cardiac arrest comes from the multiple times you have low blood/oxygen levels in your heart. Other cardiovascular issues are atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and other vascular diseases.
The second is daytime fatigue. You know when you feel tired in the middle of the day and didn’t really know why before, this is why. Because of being woken up several times in the night your sleep suffers and causes you to feel more tired or drowsy during the day. Along with the fatigue you become more irritable or depressed. Being drowsy can cause you to have difficulty in the workplace because you want to fall asleep or you aren’t able to focus on small task put in front of you.
The third is having complications with medication and surgery. If you have sleep apnea and have to have surgery then you might have an issue with the anesthesia. Anesthesia puts you to sleep and that’s when people with sleep apnea have the most issues. You can be on the table in surgery and then stop breathing because you aren’t getting enough oxygen to your lungs. If you have to have surgery then you should make sure that they know you have sleep apnea, don’t just assume that doctors talk to one another and know that you have it. There are other medications that might counteract with your medication for your sleep apnea so you aren’t able to take it.
The fourth risk is mainly for your loved ones because they become sleep-deprived too. Your partners or kids (if they can hear your snoring) become sleep deprived too. Your snoring not only affects you but it affects others in the house as well. In most studies if someone with sleep apnea has a partner their partner can become moody and irritable as well because they aren’t getting enough sleep.
Smaller risk factors contain memory problems, having trouble focusing, headaches when you wake up, mood swings, depression, having to go to the bathroom a lot, and acid reflux disease. Also you have to remember that adults aren’t the only ones who can have sleep apnea. Kids can have sleep apnea and go untreated or be wrongly diagnosed with ADHD. To prevent that from happening talk to your doctor about getting your child tested for sleep apnea.