It's important to take sleep problems seriously. An untreated sleep disorder can reduce daytime productivity, increase the risk of accidents, and even lead to an early death. Our board-certified physicians at the Sleep Disorders Center are able to diagnose and treat a multitude of sleep-related disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome.
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Dr. Aaron Boyd and Meghan McKenzie from Oklahoma Sleep Associates give details on getting a better night’s rest.
Why You Should Be Tested
Trouble sleeping can lead to more than just restless nights. These major, chronic health problems are associated with sleep apnea:
- High Blood Pressure: The National Institutes of Health lists sleep apnea as a cause of high blood pressure. Studies show that about 30 percent of all people with high blood pressure have sleep apnea. That number increases to 80 percent for people taking three or more medications to control their blood pressure.
- Heart Disease: Untreated sleep apnea strains the heart and may cause it not to work properly. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to heart disease and heart failure. People with sleep apnea can lower their chances of developing these problems by getting treated. Sleep apnea can help people control their blood pressure and improve their heart health.
- Stroke: Sleep apnea can increase a person’s chances of stroke. In fact, studies show more than 60 percent of patients who have had a stroke, also have sleep apnea. Stroke patients with untreated sleep apnea may have a harder time recovering after a stroke. Recovering from a stroke takes energy and motivation, and the sleepiness that comes from sleep apnea can make it difficult for a person to follow rehabilitation programs.
- Diabetes: People with sleep apnea have higher chances of developing insulin resistance, which can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnea is very common in patients that suffer from diabetes. About 60 percent of Type 2 diabetes patients have sleep apnea.
Signs and Symptoms
Usually, people with sleep apnea find out because a spouse or bed partner noticed them snore or stop breathing during sleep. Other common signs and symptoms include:
- Extreme sleepiness
- Frequent snoring
- Stopping breathing during sleep
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
- Weight problems
- Loss of energy
- Drowsy driving
- Abnormal breathing
- Poor concentration
- Impaired Alertness
Sleep apnea is most common among men, people who are overweight and the middle-aged. However, research shows that children and post-menopausal women may also be at risk.