How does sleep apnea affect your health?

Sleep apnea reduces blood oxygen levels and interrupts REM sleep (the deep, restorative sleep cycle), putting strain on the heart, depriving the brain of oxygen and costing you the quality, restorative sleep you need.

The consequences range from annoying disturbances to life-threatening situations such as:
     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.

It has been estimated that as many as 50% of sleep apnea sufferers are diagnosed with high blood pressure. The risk for heart attack and stroke may also increase, resulting in an overall increase in risk for premature death.

Protect your health and lower your sleep apnea risk factors by scheduling a visit with the North Cleveland sleep apnea risks experts at Beachwood Dental See if you qualify for an in-home sleep study.