Have you been told your snoring is loud and disruptive? You could have obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, 90% of people who snore have sleep apnea. Your sleeping habits impact every aspect of your health and daily life. There is strong evidence that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can have a significant impact on your personal health. There are many side effects that come from having sleep apnea, some extremely dangerous.
High Blood Pressure
When you are constantly waking up in the middle of the night, your body gets stressed. This causes your hormone systems to go into overdrive, raising blood pressure levels. The oxygen in your blood drops when you can’t breathe well, which can also lead to high blood pressure.
Heart attacks can be caused from getting a low amount of oxygen or from the stress of constantly waking up in the middle of the night. Sleep apnea disrupts how your body takes in oxygen, which makes it hard for the brain to control how blood flows throughout the body. Strokes and atrial fibrillation are also associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
Type 2 Diabetes
Not getting enough sleep can keep your body from using insulin properly. If your body does not properly use insulin, it could potentially lead to diabetes.
Sleep apnea and weight gain go hand in hand. Having sleep apnea can oftentimes lead to weight gain and vice versa. When you’re overweight, you may have fatty deposits in your neck, which block breathing at night, causing you to snore. Having sleep apnea causes you to lose sleep at night. Having low energy can slow your metabolism down, allowing you to not burn as many calories as normal.
Mental Health Issues
Sleep apnea can affect your mental well-being. Lack of sleep can lead to crankiness, which can develop into serious anxiety or depression.
Sleep apnea causes you to constantly wake up in the middle of the night. Not getting a good night’s sleep can cause you to be groggy and less aware. This raises your risk of falling asleep at the wheel or when operating heavy machinery.
Treating sleep apnea is extremely important if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle. Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Paradise Dental is hosting an Informational Evening Event to learn more about the health concerns of sleep apnea and our solutions. It will be held on October 3rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm at our office in Salem, MA. There are limited spots available so call to reserve your seat today! 781-598-3700