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Health Risks of Sleep Apnea

man in cpapSleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders in which a person’s breathing tends to interrupt their sleep. Their breathing stops and starts in repetition, and the condition is typically characterized by several symptoms such as:
•  loud snoring
•  difficulties in sleeping properly and peacefully at night
•  increased daytime sleepiness
•  gasping for air during sleep

There are two types of sleep apnea: Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Central Sleep Apnea occurs due to the inability of the brain to signal the muscles to breathe, which happens when there’s some sort of instability in the respiratory center. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, on the other hand, occurs due to a blocked airway which happens when the soft tissues located towards the back of your throat end up collapsing while you sleep.

Sleep apnea is a condition that poses a serious risk to your overall health as well. There are some serious health risks that are associated with sleep apnea.

High Blood Pressure

People with sleep apnea tend to wake up several times during the night as they sleep. This constant waking up and going back to sleep stresses the body and forces your hormone system to go into overdrive. When this happens, it increases your blood pressure levels since you already can’t breathe well due to reduced oxygen levels.

Increase In Weight

People who struggle with obesity and weight issues are prone to getting sleep apnea. At the same time, though, this condition can often also lead to a significant increase in weight afterward.

If you have sleep apnea, your body tends to release a greater amount of a hormone called ghrelin which is linked to an increased craving for sweets and carbs. Because of this condition, you are likely to be tired during the day, which, coupled with your cravings, can lead to serious weight gain as your body might find it hard to turn the food into energy as efficiently as it should.

Risk of Heart Disease

It has been found that people with sleep apnea are at a higher risk of contracting heart disease, and are likely to have more heart attacks. One reason for this is because sleep apnea disrupts your body’s process of taking in oxygen. This makes it difficult for your brain in terms of controlling the flow of blood to the brain as well as to the arteries.

Acid Reflux

People with sleep apnea, especially OSA, have been found complaining that this condition leads to heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux such as bloating, wheezing, chronic sore throat, hiccups, nausea, and dysphagia, among many others.

It is important to take immediate action if you have sleep apnea because it can result in serious health risks and conditions. Contact JP Dental & Implant Center by calling us at (970) 822-7622 to book an appointment so that our team of experts can help treat the condition and give you tips on how to prevent it from occurring in the future.


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