An untreated obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) can reduce the quality of life and expected lifespan. In our article, we have summarised possible effects of obstructive sleep apnoea for you.
Effects of sleep apnoea:
- Cardiovascular system: Nocturnal breathing interruptions can lead to a shortage of oxygen to the brain. The lack of oxygen can result in negative effects on the cardiovascular system. For example, high blood pressure or an increased risk of a heart attack. The probability of a stroke can also increase with age.
- Diabetes: The risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus rises as the body releases stress hormones as a result of breathing stops. The blood pressure increases and inhibit the insulin production. The blood sugar level is thus permanently at a very high level.
- Heartburn: Sleep apnoiacs often suffer from heartburn. The narrowing of the upper respiratory tract causes a kind of negative pressure. When inhaling, stomach acid can rise upwards and comes into contact with the mucous membranes. This causes a painful burning sensation in the chest.
- Loss of libido: Potency problems and a low sexual desire in both men and women can result.
- Daytime fatigue: OSA patients often feel tired and unrested in the morning. Fatigue can lead to poor concentration and increases the risk of falling asleep for a few seconds. This increases the risk of a car accident.
- Depression: The above effects negatively affect the quality of life and well-being of affected patients. As a result, patients often struggle with depressive moods.
The points show how serious the effects of an obstructive sleep apnoea can be. In our Somnora Snore Shop we offer proven aids against snoring & sleep apnoea. If you suspect obstructive sleep apnoea, we recommend to consult a doctor in advance.
How do I find out if I’m suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea? Read our article Sleep apnoea symptoms & diagnosis for more information. In our article How to deal with snoring? we have summarised tips that help to reduce or prevent snoring and breathing stops.