Sleep Apnea and the Side Effects


A bit of an insight about sleep apnea and the side effects: sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that should not be left untreated. It will very rarely go away on its own. Learning about the side effects will help you understand the importance of therapy for sleep apnea. Treatment reduces the risks and will help you maintain a healthy and normal lifestyle.

As you read on, we will also discuss ways in helping you reduce the risks of sleep apnea. If sleep apnea has already developed these safe health practices may also gain control and might even help you cure it on your own.

Sleep apnea left untreated can be severe. It has many side effects, and some are life-threatening. As you continue reading you will learn a little about sleep apnea and the side effects that are associated with it.

What is Sleep Apnea?

A sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for a period from a few seconds to up to a couple of minutes. Occurrences may happen many times through the night depending on the seriousness of the condition.

These pauses in the breathing are known as apnea events. Apnea events will lead to involuntary arousals from your sleep gasping for air.

Excessive snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. You may have it and are unaware. Usually best detected by a bed partner or family member.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common of the three types of sleep apnea, and It is the full or partial obstruction of the upper airway. The symptoms related to OSA are excessive snoring and daytime sleepiness.

Most common in males over forty.

Central Sleep Apnea

Central sleep apnea is not as common but has similar effects as obstructive sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the proper signals to maintain normal breathing.

Most common in adults over sixty-five.

Complex Sleep Apnea

Complex sleep apnea is also called mixed sleep apnea. Complex sleep apnea is the combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Symptoms occur when OSA treatment by CPAP is alleviated, and central sleep apnea occurs.

Side Effects

Heart Disease

When your brain lacks oxygen, it also has difficulty controlling the blood flow in your arteries. Then the heart has difficulty functioning correctly.

Irregular heartbeats may happen, known as atrial fibrillation. People living with untreated OSA are higher at risk for heart attacks and strokes.

High Blood Pressure

A rise in blood pressure can happen when the oxygen levels decrease in the blood. When your breathing stops, it is reducing the amount of oxygen that is required. Waking from sleep will also cause blood pressure to rise due to the increase in hormone activity.

Type 2 Diabetes

OSA will increase the risk of type 2 diabetes as well. Type 2 diabetes can also lead to sleep apnea.


A lack of sleep can reduce sexual desire and may also lead to erectile dysfunction in males

Increase in ADHD

Known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD may increase when your body is not receiving the amount of rest required.


Being overweight is the most common cause of OSA. Sleep apnea left untreated can also cause weight gain as well. A lack of energy will cause you to be less active.


Waking up with headaches will be more familiar with sleep apnea. The reason being is your brain regularly lacks oxygen due to many apnea events while you are sleeping.

Motor Vehicle Collisions

Depending on the severity of sleep apnea, trying to stay awake while operating a motor vehicle will become more difficult. Studies have shown that 25 percent of vehicle collisions are sleep apnea related.


As you have read so far, sleep apnea is a significant contributor to many health risks. Staying healthy is vital to you and being unhealthy can lead to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea requires treatment. Ignoring treatment can reduce your lifespan significantly.

There are many more health risks related to sleep apnea. For you to fully understand how important it is, researching is the best option. Health organizations offer full details and provide proven studies.

Reducing the Risks

Staying healthy will reduce the risks for sleep apnea and can even cure it as well. People have claimed that weight loss has reversed snoring and breathing problems.

Smoking and alcohol have many health risks as you may be fully aware of the causes. It also increases the risk of sleep apnea.

If you have any advice on your own experiences with sleep apnea. Please feel free to leave some comments below. Sleep apnea is becoming more common every day. The best way to keep people informed is through communication. Helping each other and the advancement in technology can lead to reducing the risks immensely

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. I will do my best to provide the answers you may be needing.


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