The Dangers of Sleep Apnea


Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing in your sleep, repeatedly throughout the night. When people find out that they have sleep apnea, and that it is a dangerous health condition, they often worry that they will just stop breathing in their sleep and never start breathing again. That is not the real danger. Your brain responds to the lack of oxygen and wakes you up enough to get you breathing again, but untreated sleep apnea can cause heart disease and can cause you to have a heart attack and die in your sleep, and it can cause other serious health problems over time.

Here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Dr. Manisha Patel has had extensive training in sleep apnea treatment including the latest techniques.  She can help you address your sleep apnea and avoid the health problems and other dangers of sleep apnea.

Health Problems Linked to Sleep Apnea

Many health problems are associated with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is known to cause or worsen certain health conditions. In other cases it is not clear whether sleep apnea is the cause of the problem, is caused by the problem, or shares a root cause. However, it is often found that treating sleep apnea improves the associated conditions.

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Adult asthma
  • Obesity
  • Acid reflux
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Loss of libido
  • Short term memory loss

Car Accidents Caused by Sleep Apnea

When you have sleep apnea, you are constantly waking up even though you are not aware of it. Depending on the severity, you may wake up anywhere from five to over a hundred times an hour. You never get good sleep.

Sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness, slower reaction times, poor judgment, and other problems related to fatigue and sleep deprivation which impair your ability to drive safely. People with sleep apnea are more likely to be involved in a car crash than people with normal sleep.