Published On: Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018

13 Signs Your Sleep Apnea Could Be Killing You

Published On: 13th August 2018
Last Updated On: 14th August 2018

Sleep apnea is dangerous to your health when left untreated. Michael J. Breus, PhD, aka The Sleep Doctor, shares the negative effects of undiagnosed sleep apnea.

OSA: More Than Snoring

How much do you know about the signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Most people know the hallmark symptom of OSA: loud snoring, often combined with gasping and choking during sleep…

(Check out these other sleep disorders you should know about.)

OSA is a form of sleep-disordered breathing that, when left untreated, leads to increase risks for serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. But the signs—and negative health effects—of OSA go well beyond snoring…

Headaches

Headaches, especially in the morning, are a common symptom. OSA leads to diminished oxygen levels in the blood and to the brain—one reason scientists think this condition causes headaches…

For women, OSA is more common than many people realize. And women’s symptoms aren’t always the same as men’s. Women may be less likely to snore very loudly, and more likely to experience mood problems and headaches…

Read about this remedy for snoring to decrease headache pain.

Daytime Fatigue

OSA interrupts normal breathing. It also interrupts sleep. Difficulty breathing and episodes of apnea—when breathing temporarily stops—cause awakenings that pull you out of sound sleep, again and again over the course of a night…

You might not remember these awakenings, but you’ll feel it in excessive tiredness and fatigue that you just can’t shake, and that interferes with your performance and your quality of life. Simple devices are now available to treat this simple cause of snoring like the ZenGuard from ZenSleep.

Poor Attention Span

Feeling distracted a lot? Diminished concentration is one of the lesser known sleep apnea symptoms. Difficulty paying attention can have consequences that go well beyond neglecting a task at work or overlooking a friend’s birthday…

People with OSA are at significantly higher risk for motor vehicle accidents, according to a 2015 study published in the journal Sleep.

Poor Memory

It’s not only concentration that takes a dive because of OSA—memory also can suffer. In particular, verbal and visuospatial memory are affected by OSA…

What do changes to verbal and visuospatial memory look like? You catch yourself struggling more often to come up with a word, or you can’t remember the driving route to the new lunch place you discovered. Left untreated, OSA is also linked to Alzheimer’s disease…so it’s very important to treat snoring as soon as possible.

A 2017 study shows this form of sleep-disordered breathing leads to build up of plaque in the brain that’s a marker for the disease.

Poor Motor Skills

Sleep is important to motor skill learning. Research shows OSA interferes with your ability to acquire and retain motor skills…

Typically, a good night’s sleep enhances new motor skills. A 2014 study showed people with OSA did not experience the improvement of motor skills that healthy sleepers did. This sign of OSA might show itself most obviously if you’re learning a new skill—playing the piano or knitting a scarf—and find it difficult or challenging. But people with OSA may also notice negative changes to their coordination. OSA also increases risks for accidents, both minor and serious.

High Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure has ticked up to unhealthy levels, it could be a sign of sleep apnea. One in five adults suffers from at least a mild form of OSA, according to the American Heart Association…

The link between high blood pressure and OSA is strong, and hypertension elevates your risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news is that treating OSA can bring blood pressure down, and lower your risks for cardiovascular disease…

The most common—and effective—treatment for OSA is CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP is a device that’s worn during sleep and provides a gentle, constant stream of air that keeps your airway unobstructed. But this is an old fashioned and expensive approach to treating OSA.

Today by far the most effective way of treating snoring problems is with new inexpensive devices. The most popular device by far is the ZenGuard Anti-Snoring Device from a company called ZenSleep.

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Irregular Heartbeat

The presence of a rapid or irregular heartbeat is an understandably frightening experience. Noticeable changes to heartbeat should not be ignored, and are a symptom to address promptly with your doctor…

Arrhythmias can be caused by several factors, including low thyroid, anxiety, and dehydration, and OSA. Recent research shows people with OSA are at higher risk for atrial fibrillation, the most common form of arrhythmia.

High Blood Sugar

Also known as hyperglycemia, high blood sugar is a sign the body isn’t effectively moving glucose from its bloodstream to its cells. A rise in blood sugar levels (measured in a blood test performed by a doctor) is one of the lesser-known symptoms of sleep apnea…

Research has identified a link between elevated blood sugar and OSA in people without diabetes. High blood sugar is also a key sign of pre-diabetes and diabetes and can cause complications to the cardiovascular system, kidneys, and eyes. Treating OSA can help you avoid high blood sugar and its health risks.

Weight Gain

Being overweight puts you at greater risk of developing OSA—and untreated OSA can also cause you to pack on additional pounds. Losing weight is one of the first and best strategies for improving all forms of sleep-disordered breathing…

If you notice weight gain, especially in combination with other sleep apnea symptoms, ask your doctor about testing.

Metabolic Syndrome

What’s metabolic syndrome? It’s a condition in which a cluster of unhealthful symptoms occur together: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, and excess fat in the abdomen…

Metabolic syndrome carries significantly increased risks for both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. While research shows a strong relationship between OSA and metabolic syndrome, scientists are still trying to understand what that relationship is—including which condition may cause the other…

Sexual Dysfunction

Many of my patients are surprised to learn that one of the signs of sleep apnea is sexual problems. It’s true for both men and women: OSA can interfere with both sexual satisfaction and desire…

In men, this often includes erectile dysfunction. In women, OSA may create a loss of libido. Why? It appears to negatively affect levels of testosterone and other sex hormones. Treating OSA with CPAP or other therapies, including mouth devices worn during sleep, can improve your sex life.

Depression

This is another sign of OSA that surprises people. The relationship between sleep and mood is complicated. Poor sleep causes mood problems, and low mood can interfere with sleep…

Researchers have identified OSA as a contributor to depression. One recent study showed more than 46 percent of people with OSA had depressive symptoms. Depression may be a more common OSA symptom in women than in men.

Anxiety

The breathing interruptions and awakenings of OSA can make it all but impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Poor sleep quality and not getting enough sleep both significantly raise your risk for anxiety…

(And anxiety can make it much more difficult to sleep well.) Research indicates that more than 50 percent of people with OSA also have anxiety.

Treat Your Snoring

Not everyone who snores has OSA. Roughly half of routine snorers suffer from the more serious form of sleep-disordered breathing. Don’t wait for a snoring issue to create additional health problems to treat it…

Lifestyle changes—losing weight, limiting alcohol consumption—can help…

So can low cost snoring devices—ZenSleep has good options for many kinds of snorers.

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