What are the Side Effects of Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that occurs when the intake of oxygen is reduced or closed off. OSA interruptions during the sleep cycle can occur from a few times to as many as several hundred times and they can last from a few seconds to a minute or more.
An airway blockage can create new health issues or increase already known health problems. There are a variety of sleep apnea risks and potential sleep apnea side effects that individuals can learn to recognize. Anyone who suspects that they may have OSA should talk with their physician about sleep apnea testing.
Sleep Apnea Risks
If left untreated, a person with OSA may experience one or more of these serious sleep apnea side effects:
- Problems with diabetes control
- Dry mouth or sore throat
- Inability to concentrate while driving, working, or performing daily activities
- Acid Reflux issues
Long Term Sleep Apnea Side Effects
A good night’s sleep is necessary for psychological abilities and for restoring the body’s physical abilities. Continuous sleep cycle interruptions increase the chance of developing sleep apnea side effects that in may include:
- Heart situations such as a heart attack, a stroke, and high blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels due to hypothyroidism
- Lung conditions such as pulmonary hypertension
- Mental problems such as insomnia, mood swings, headaches, and slow thought processing
- Fatal disabilities or even death can occur due to reduced or blocked intake of oxygen
To avoid the side effects of obstructive sleep apnea, contact our office today! Dr. Perkins is the sleep apnea specialist of Vancouver WA and can provide treatment methods that will help you get a better sleep.