Untreated Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA) can lead to medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and even certain types of cancer. Left untreated, OSA can even be fatal.
There are more than 80 defined sleep disorders. The Sleep Wellness Institute has sleep experts ready to help you get a better life through better sleep.
Defined: The obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. When we sleep the soft tissue on the back of the neck relaxes. For those with sleep apnea, the tissue either narrows or collapses. This causes pauses in a person’s breathing, preventing air from entering the lungs and forcing the person to wake, sometimes unknowingly. The oxygen level drops and the carbon dioxide level rises. This causes stress on the main organs such as the heart, brain and kidneys. An estimated 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, and approximately 38,000 people die annually from complications caused by it.
Effects of untreated sleep apnea:
It can affect all age groups, men and women alike, although, you may have an increased risk if you are around the age of 50 and are overweight. To find out if you should be assessed for sleep apnea, call 414-336-3000 or click below.
My sales job requires me to drive all over the state. I used to get so tired around 2 or 3 in the afternoon that I’d have to pull over and take a nap. My work suffered, and I worried about falling asleep at the wheel. It turned out I had sleep apnea. Now I use a CPAP machine while I sleep, and it’s made all the difference. I don’t feel like I’m going to fall asleep while driving and I’m a lot more productive at my job.
I had to force myself to stay active at my job just so I wouldn’t fall asleep. After work, I’d fall asleep in front of the TV. I never had energy, no matter how much I slept. After my sleep study at the Sleep Wellness Institute, my doctor recommended I use a CPAP machine at night. The treatment turned my life around. I’m in bed less but feel more rested, my blood pressure is lower, and the problems with my ulcerative colitis went away.
I knew I snored a lot but I didn’t realize it was a big deal. I learned I stopped breathing 11 times in the night after I did a sleep study. Scary but at least they could help.