Sleep apnea is not a health condition to be taken lightly. It is characterized by a lapse in breathing while asleep, of 10 seconds or more. Your brain wakes you up in order for you to breathe, and this doesn’t make for a restful night’s sleep. Even though grogginess may be a major effect of sleep apnea, this condition also poses numerous other health concerns.
Sleep apnea that is left untreated can directly affect some of your important bodily systems, including cardiovascular and metabolic. The sudden drops in blood oxygen levels that occur during episodes of obstructive sleep apnea put stress on the heart, which can lead to high blood pressure or an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Sleep apnea can also cause abnormal cholesterol levels and kidney problems, such as fatty liver disease. Most notably, sleep apnea that goes untreated causes daytime grogginess, trouble concentrating, and irritability.
You don’t have to suffer the numerous health complications associated with sleep apnea – Dr. Haddad and his experienced team can pinpoint the best sleep apnea treatment for your individual needs. Schedule an appointment today!