When your sleep is constantly interrupted by breathing stoppages, you have a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. This prevents you from getting the deep, restful sleep that you need to feel refreshed when you wake up.
That isn’t the only reason you should call 503-210-9802 to set up a consultation at our Tigard, OR office if you or someone you love has this condition. Here are four more health issues that are associated with untreated sleep apnea.
High Blood Pressure
Your breathing stoppages put stress on your body. It wants you to keep breathing, after all. When you do stop, your body releases a stress hormone. Doing this repeatedly will raise your blood pressure in time.
In some ways, this goes right along with having high blood pressure. The strain on your cardiovascular system make you more likely to experience heart attacks, strokes, and other issues.
Oxygen deprivation is a result of your interrupted breathing. That affects your ability to metabolized glucose and raise your risk of insulin resistance. Eventually, this could lead to type 2 diabetes. To make matters worse, people who have diabetes are more likely to experience sleep apnea.
Excess weight can make you more likely to have sleep apnea, since the soft tissues around the neck can collapse and cut off your airway when you fall asleep. That in turn can interfere with hormones that affect your appetite. This can cause you to feel hungrier and have more food cravings.