Did You Know?

One of the most serious health concerns in our society today is the presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The majority of patients with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) have two main characteristics:

i) loud snoring and,

ii) excessive daytime sleepiness.

Patients must be aware:

Snoring and particularly sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder that can reduce the quality of life if left untreated. Sleep apnea increases the risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes and acid reflux. Sleep apnea, which causes extreme daytime fatigue, has also been linked to an increased number of motor vehicle accidents as well as work related accidents.

Other unpleasant side effects of sleep apnea include morning headaches, loss of memory, impotence, inability to lose weight, as well as frequent visits to the bathroom at night due to frequent awakenings. Sleep apnea is indeed a serious health issue. It can also affect the length of your life. Research has stated that patients with severe sleep apnea will die 8-10 years sooner than a patient that does not have this medical disorder.

Children can also have sleep apnea with negative side effects. Sometimes this causes ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) which results in hyperactivity, aggressiveness, poor school performance, bed wetting, less growth potential, poor sleep and lower athletic performance.

The fact is that patients with severe sleep apnea are definitely at risk to die prematurely and spend many years in poor health with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and possibly strokes.

Co-Morbidity Correlations with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Hypertension 40 – 50%

Coronary Heart Disease 34%

Congestive Heart Failure 34%

Diabetes 65%

Kidney Disease 50%

Fibromyalgia 80%

Nocturnal strokes 84%

For any further information about sleep apnea please contact Clarinda Clinic on 95514599