Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition. If left untreated sleep apnea can lead to severe health problems. There is a long list of complications associated with sleep apnea. The most common are:
Most Common Complications
High Blood Pressure
As blood oxygen levels drop, blood pressure is increased. That can lead to permanent problem with high blood pressure, which is called hypertension. Hypertension can result in stroke, heart attacks and cardiovascular system failure.
Heart attack and stroke
As mentioned above, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke. These serious conditions, which can be responsible for sudden death, can also be caused by the abnormal heartbeat due to the low oxygen levels during sleep.
Excessive Daytime Fatigue
Sleep apnea makes normal, deep sleep impossible. This has as a result fatigue, daytime drowsiness, irritability, and difficulty in concentrating. Constant fatigue is associated with depression, increased risk of motor vehicle accidents and problems at work and with interpersonal relationships.
High blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood sugar are linked to this disorder, which leads to higher risk of heart disease.
Fatigue, repeated awakening, and metabolic syndrome lead to weight gain despite exercise and diet.
Headache is caused by many complications of sleep apnea, such as high blood pressure, fatigue, and depression.
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