Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sleep Apnea Can Take Your Life

While sleep apnea can feel like a slowing down, it is in fact slowly taking your life way - a little each day. You can get help now. You may not feel, at first, the negative effect of sleep apnea but left untreated sleep apnea can cause multiple negative effects and, ultimately, it can cause death.

Doctors, including Dr. Judy Strutz may have already told you how important sleep is. Sleep is necessary. Do you lie there night after night, falling asleep only to wake up in the morning and still feel exhausted? You may be waking up several times each night in order to catch your breath – many times people are unaware of the significance of this and the damage it may be doing to your heart. Lack of sleep can cause day time drowsiness, falling asleep at work, depression, and problems with relationships.

Sleep apnea can also cause high blood pressure. If you are already susceptible to high blood pressure as you wake up throughout the night, it can cause extreme stress which can raise your blood pressure even higher.  The oxygen in your blood also decreases as you continue to wake up through the night, causing an even greater risk.

Sleep apnea, left untreated can also cause weight gain that is difficult to lose. Over time your body, as it becomes stressed, may hold onto the extra pounds.

For more information on sleep apnea and for treatment options contact, Dr. Strutz and her team today.

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