Long-term Effects of Sleep Apnea
If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can seriously impact your physical health and emotional well-being. Over time, you may experience any combination of these health issues:
- Anxiety and/or depression: People with OSA often suffer from anxiety and depression, and after years of bad sleep, the anxiety and depression only worsen.
- Mental confusion: Many people with OSA experience brain fog throughout the day and find it difficult to focus on common tasks.
- Memory loss: Improved sleep improves short-term and long-term memory. Poor quality sleep negatively affects both short-term and long-term memory.
- Compromised immune system: People with OSA often have a weakened immune system.
- Cardiovascular problems: Obstructive sleep apnea increases the likelihood of irregular heart rhythms, stroke, and heart failure.
- Hypertension: High blood pressure is very common in people suffering from OSA.
- Diabetes: It’s not easy to manage diabetes when suffering from OSA because you’re always exhausted. Also, evidence indicates that people with Type II Diabetes often have OSA.
- Respiratory issues: OSA will likely affect your lungs over time, eventually leading to breathing problems.
While this list is definitely NOT meant to scare you, it is intended to motivate you to seek help from dentists who have been educated and trained to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Miami Beach, Florida.
With so many advances in sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, you will likely discover very early in the treatment process that wonderful sleep can change your life.