Effects of Sleep Apnea

The ongoing release of stress hormones and repeated instantaneous awakenings throughout the night rob sleep apnea sufferers of the benefits of restorative rest. Though they are sleep deprived, many sufferers do not have any idea of the severity of their condition, and believe themselves to be sleeping soundly throughout the night.

There are immediately recognizable effects, however, which can include:

  • An ongoing sense of listlessness, irritability or depression
  • Awakening in the morning with a sore throat or a headache
  • Decreased visual acuity
  • Experiencing sudden unexplained awakenings during the night
  • Nodding off when sitting or driving
  • Poor memory or an inability to maintain mental focus
  • Poor performance at work or school


In addition to these immediate symptoms, sleep apnea can create long-term health problems, and increase the risk of developing a number of conditions. Among these are:

  • Cardiovascular disease, including stroke
  • Gastric reflux disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk for a range of cancers
  • Increased weight gain
  • Thyroid problems
  • Type two diabetes



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