Millions of people suffer from sleep disorders like snoring and sleep apnea, but few understand the health risks associated with chronic sleep issues. Obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with many serious health problems, including:
- High blood pressure. People suffering from sleep apnea wake up frequently throughout the night, which can make their hormonal systems unbalanced, increasing blood pressure levels. Additionally, low blood-oxygen levels can increase the risk for hypertension.
- Heart disease. People with sleep apnea have an increased risk for heart attacks, stroke, and atrial fibrillation, (an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body).
- Type 2 diabetes. Statistics show that as many as 80% of people with type 2 diabetes also have obstructive sleep apnea. Studies show that sleep deprivation can lead to insulin resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes.
- Weight gain. Sleep apnea is common in people who are severely overweight, in part due to the fatty deposits in the neck that can obstruct breathing. Sleep apnea also contributes to a low metabolism, creating a vicious cycle of poor sleep and poor health.
Sleep apnea should not be taken lightly. While the health risks associated with sleep apnea can be frightening, diagnosis and treatment is available at miVIP Sleep Centers. Our sleep centers are staffed by leading industry experts, including general surgeons, bariatric specialists, otolaryngologist/ENT (ear, nose, throat specialists), gastroenterologists, and dental care experts.We’ll provide you a comprehensive health evaluation and screening to determine the cause of your sleep disorder and create a treatment plan to minimize the associated health dangers.
If you suspect you may suffer from sleep apnea, call the miVIP Sleep Center near you for a comprehensive evaluation today.
Call 877.678.9222 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.