How Does Sleep Apnea Affect my Health?

Sleep apnea puts strain on the heart, deprives the brain of oxygen and denies you the quality, restorative sleep you need because its effects reduce blood oxygen levels and interrupt REM sleep (the deep, restorative sleep cycle). Other problems stemming from sleep apnea can include:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Learning and memory difficulties
  • Increased risk of accident from falling asleep while driving
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia and stroke. 

Risk for heart attack and stroke may also increase along with an overall increase in risk for premature death. (It has been estimated that up to 50% of sleep apnea sufferers have high blood pressure.) 

If you are suffering from some or all of the sleep apnea risk factors in Carmel, Indiana listed above, call Tim Adams D.D.S. to see if you qualify for a free in-home sleep study and consultation.