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Here are seven health problems are linked to obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  1. High blood pressure

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea can contribute to high blood pressure in people who have it. The frequent night time wakings that plague people with Sleep Apnea cause hormonal systems to go into overdrive, which results in high blood pressure levels at night. Low blood-oxygen levels, caused by the cutoff of oxygen, may also contribute to hypertension in people with Sleep Apnea. Some good news … some people with high blood pressure who are treated for Sleep Apnea can cut back on their blood pressure medications. Click here

  2. Heart disease

    People with obstructive Sleep Apnea are more likely to suffer heart attacks and even die in the middle of the night. The causes may be low oxygen or the stress of waking up often during sleep. Stroke and atrial fibrillation – a problem with the rhythm of the heartbeat - is also associated with obstructive Sleep Apnea. The disrupted oxygen flow caused by Sleep Apnea makes it hard for your brain to regulate the flow of blood in arteries and the brain itself. Click here

  3. Type 2 diabetes

    Sleep Apnea is very common among people with type 2 diabetes – up to 80% of diabetics have some obstructive Sleep Apnea. Obesity is a common risk factor for both disorders. Although studies haven’t shown a clear link between Sleep Apnea alone and type 2 diabetes, sleep deprivation can cause insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. Click here

  4. Weight gain

    Adding weight raises your risk of Sleep Apnea, with up to two-thirds of people with Sleep Apnea severely overweight. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can often be cured if you lose enough weight, but that can be tough to do.

    Being overweight causes fatty deposits in the neck that block breathing at night. In turn, Sleep Apnea impairs the body’s endocrine systems, causing the release of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you crave carbohydrates and sweets. Also, people with Sleep Apnea who are tired and sleepy all the time may have a lower metabolism, which can also contribute to weight gain. Getting treatment for Sleep Apnea can make you feel better, with more energy for exercise and other activities.Click here

  5. Adult asthma.

    Although the link to obstructive Sleep Apnea is not proven, people who are treated may find they have fewer asthma attacks. Click here

  6. Acid reflux.

    There’s no proof that Sleep Apnea causes acid reflux, persistent heartburn, but many people complain of acid reflux, and treating it seems to improve Sleep Apnea symptoms, say sleep physicians. Click here

  7. Car accidents.

    Daytime tiredness can put people with Sleep Apnea at increased risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. People with Sleep Apnea are up to five times more likely than normal sleepers to have traffic accidents. Click here

How do you know if you have sleep apnea?

There are number of common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. If you recognise these symptoms in yourself or your partner, why not take or encourage them to take our free online sleep assessment below.

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Free Online Sleep Assessment

Snoring, drowsiness and morning headaches could all be signs of a sleep problem, like sleep apnea. If you think you or someone you know may be affected, complete our Free Sleep Assessment right now:

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