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Why should I treat Sleep Apnea?

When you don’t get the desired, sound sleep, not only are you disturbed throughout the night but uncomfortable during the day too. Exactly what happens when you are suffering from Sleep Apnea. The consequences of Sleep Apnea can harm you in a flash of a second with a road accident or over a period of time by taking shape of serious cardiac conditions because you don’t get the rest you need. It doesn’t just harm your physical health, but in a lot of cases, it even gets in between relationships and work life. As your ability to function properly suffers, you may even lose your job. Everyday can become a challenge with lower attention span, poor concentration levels and fatigue.

If left untreated, Sleep Apnea can make management of diabetes and high BP a challenge, giving birth to cardiac problems. Let's take a look at the conditions that Sleep Apnea brings along.
Studies prove that Sleep Apnea and resistant hypertension, a condition in which high BP doesn't respond to medication, go hand in hand. Hence, treating Sleep Apnea will not only help you keep your blood pressure under control, but also relieve you of the risk of a cardiac arrest or a stroke.
According to a global study, 40% of Type 2 Diabetes patients suffer from Sleep Apnea. This condition may worsen glucose control and insulin resistance, leading to blood sugar imbalance.
Sleep Apnea not only puts excess stress on the heart and increases risk of a cardiac arrest, but also is one of the top four causes of all cardiac problems. If left untreated, it could be the reason for serious cardiovascular problems such as heart failure and even heart attack.
Sleep Apnea is significantly risky for a stroke patient. Its presence can make the recovery from a stroke more difficult. If left untreated, it can lead to early neurologic worsening (functional abnormality of a body area due to a decrease in the function of the brain, spinal cord, muscles, or nerves), decreased functional recovery and increased mortality from stroke.
Excessive sleepiness, which is one of the leading causes of Sleep Apnea, can put people at an increased risk of dozing off at moments that require full concentration, like driving. You may not just risk your life by driving with this condition but may also put other people at risk.
Excess weight raises your risk of Sleep Apnea and most people suffering from Sleep Apnea are severely overweight. Being overweight causes fatty deposits in the neck that block breathing at night. In turn, Sleep Apnea impairs the body's endocrine systems, causing the release of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you crave carbohydrates and sweets, leading to obesity. Also, people with Sleep Apnea who are tired and sleepy all the time may have lower metabolisms, which can also contribute to weight gain. Getting treatment for Sleep Apnea can make you feel better and more active.

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