Complications Associated with Sleep Apnea
Contrary to popular opinion, lack of sleep isn’t the only complication associated with sleep apnea. Many people only know they will lack sleep or rest at night when they suffer from this condition. But the truth is, with sleep apnea, you risk suffering a host of other complications that may come to haunt you later on. Below are some of the risk factors associated with sleep apnea. Learn more here.
The repeated awakenings associated with sleep apnea make normal, restorative sleep impossible, making severe daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and irritability likely. You might have difficulty concentrating and finding yourself falling asleep at work while watching TV or even driving. People with sleep apnea have an increased risk of a motor vehicle and workplace accidents. Learn more about Signs of Sleep Apnea.
High blood pressure or heart problems
Sudden drops in blood oxygen levels during sleep apnea increase blood pressure and strain the cardiovascular system. Having obstructive sleep apnea increases your risk of high blood pressure (hypertension). Obstructive sleep apnea might also increase your risk of recurrent heart attack, stroke, and abnormal heartbeats, such as atrial fibrillation.
People with sleep apnea are more likely to have abnormal results on liver function tests, and their livers are more likely to show signs of scarring (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease).