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What Are the Main Dangers of Sleep Apnea?

Individuals who suffer from sleep apnea typically wake up numerous times per hour throughout the night. This pattern of broken sleep can dramatically impact an individual's health, and is, in fact, quite dangerous.

Sleep apnea goes along with the following dangerous issues:

Emotional Symptoms

If you suffer from sleep apnea, it can dramatically impact any mood disorders or emotional conditions that you experience. This means that if you already struggle with depression, anxiety, or mood swings, these emotional issues may get far worse due to your lock of sleep. Sleep deprivation can dramatically impact your emotional state, and this is especially true if you already experience emotional issues.

High Blood Pressure

Individuals who suffer from or are in danger of developing high blood pressure should be especially careful to treat sleep apnea symptoms as soon as they arise. High blood pressure is often comorbid with sleep apnea, so it's important to have yourself checked for one disease if you have the other.

Car Accidents

People who suffer from sleep apnea often have trouble with daytime sleepiness. They may also struggle with memory, focus, and concentration issues. These combined symptoms can make these individuals very dangerous when they're behind the wheel of a vehicle. Concentration and quick thinking are necessary when you drive, to avoid causing accidents or falling asleep at the wheel. Individuals who drive while sleep deprived can put themselves, their family members, and other drivers at risk. This makes it especially important to have your sleep apnea treated, so that you can be awake and alert each time you get behind the wheel.

Trouble Concentrating

If you're suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea, you may find that you have a great deal of trouble concentrating during the day. Whether you're trying to accomplish your daily tasks at work, read a book, or enjoy a leisure activity, you may have trouble maintaining the focus that you need. This can be both frustrating and dangerous, depending on the task that you're trying to complete. If you're tired of working to complete tasks that require focus, yet not being able to achieve the focus that you need due to lack of sleep, it may be time to think about an evaluation for sleep apnea. This is especially true if you are obese, snore loudly at night, or have other issues with your quality of sleep.

When you're struggling to get a solid night's sleep, everything else in life can quickly seem overwhelming. Individuals who suffer from sleep apnea never get the deep, restful sleep that they need in order to carry out their daily activities and function at their best. If you are experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, including daytime sleepiness, heavy snoring, frequent waking, or gasping for air during the night, it may be time to talk to your doctor. They can refer you for a sleep study, so that you can determine precisely what's going on while you sleep. If you're diagnosed with sleep apnea, they can begin treatment immediately, including a CPAP, medication, or both

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