When You Don’t Sleep, Your Entire Body Suffers
Your entire body needs sleep, so when you’re not getting it, your entire body suffers. When you have sleep apnea, you might think you’re sleeping enough, but you aren’t. No matter how many hours you spend in bed, interruptions in your breathing wake you up and keep you from getting the uninterrupted sleep that lets you access the deeper stages of sleep you need. This can lead to serious health problems and may become deadly.
If you have sleep apnea, it’s important to get diagnosed so you can start treatment. At SleepTest.com, we make it easy for people to get tested for sleep apnea, even if your doctor doesn’t take your symptoms seriously. You can order an affordable sleep test yourself, or you can talk to your doctor about it. The best part is that you take the test in the comfort of your own bed. Please use our contact form to start the process today.
Early Warnings of Dangers to Come
Deadly complications of sleep apnea don’t develop immediately. They take time, and often warning signs crop up early that tell us of the more serious conditions to come.
Some of the early warning signs that should make people see their doctor about sleep apnea include:
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Systemic inflammation
- Diminished sexual interest, function, or satisfaction
- Memory problems or cognitive difficulties
- Low mood, moodiness, or irritability
- Near-miss accidents from inattention
- Atrial fibrillation
These complications can develop relatively early in a person’s life with sleep apnea. People might see their doctor for one or a few of these conditions without making the connection to their sleep problems. Anyone who experiences more than one of the above conditions should be tested for sleep apnea to start treatment and avoid future complications.
Deadly Cardiovascular Problems
If left untreated, sleep apnea will lead to more serious complications. The ones most likely to be deadly are cardiovascular problems. This can include:
- Heart failure
- Pulmonary embolism
- Kidney disease
While these can be fatal, sometimes they serve as a powerful warning sign. With 85% of sleep apnea undiagnosed, it’s not uncommon for people to not know they might have sleep apnea until AFTER their first heart attack or stroke.
However, it should be noted that even then it’s not too late to start treatment. Treating sleep apnea after a heart attack or stroke improves recovery and reduces the risk of future cardiovascular problems.
Other Deadly Complications
However, it is not just cardiovascular conditions that can kill a person with sleep apnea. In addition, people with sleep apnea might develop:
- Depression and other mood disorders, leading to suicide
- Deadly car or workplace accidents
- Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Depression is a difficult complication of sleep apnea, in part because many people diagnosed with depression might not have it at allーthey might simply experience perpetual low mood due to lack of sleep. Sometimes sleep apnea treatment can completely resolve depression symptoms.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are associated with sleep apnea because they’re caused by an accumulation of toxins in the brain. The brain normally cleans toxins during deep sleep, but sleep apnea prevents this.
The link between cancer and sleep apnea is not as well-established as some of the other risks. Many studies show an elevated cancer risk, but the exact mechanism isn’t clear. Most believe the link is systemic inflammation.
Get Tested for Sleep Apnea and Start Treatment
Sleep apnea can be deadly, but it is treatable. Unfortunately, you can’t treat what you don’t know you have, so the first step in avoiding these dangers is to get a sleep test. At SleepTest.com, we make that easy, even if you don’t have a doctor. With included 2-day USPS shipping, you can get results in about a week.
Please contact us today to start the process of ordering your sleep test.