What Happens if You Don’t Treat Sleep Apnea

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Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 at 6:17 pm    

Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when the upper airway repeatedly collapses during sleep, causing the patient to wake up feeling groggy in the morning. This is because the person suffering from sleep apnea stops breathing multiple times during the night.

If left untreated, sleep apnea could cause a slew of other health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Resistant hypertension
  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)

Signs of Sleep Apnea

Some people may be at higher risk of developing sleep apnea, even though it can affect people of all ages. People who are older, have excess body weight, smoke, or have a family history of sleep apnea are more at risk of developing this disorder. Recognizing the signs of sleep apnea is the first step to seeking treatment.

Some signs to look out for are:

  • Loud snoring
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Daytime fatigue or drowsiness
  • Headaches upon waking up
  • Moments where you stop breathing during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Irritability

Treatment for Your Condition

If you believe you might be suffering from sleep apnea, please do not wait to contact us to get treatment. Our office is still ready to help patients in spite of the pandemic through remote consultations and at-home sleep studies. The team at Silent Night Therapy understands the safety concerns that our patients and prospective patients have regarding the spread of the coronavirus. In response, we are excited to offer remote sleep consultations and at-home sleep testing kits through SNAP Diagnostics Dropship.

SNAP Diagnostics Dropship simply delivers a sanitized at-home sleep testing kit to your home. You simply go about your normal nightly routine before attaching the equipment to yourself. When you are finished with the study, mail the equipment back to the lab for analysis, and an expert from Silent Night Therapy will call you to discuss the results.

Contact a Sleep Apnea Specialist at Silent Night Therapy

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and want to do an at-home sleep test, the experts at Silent Night Therapy are ready to help you. We are taking a safe and proactive approach toward the COVID-19 outbreak. We are still available during this time and can work toward getting the vital care you need through virtual consultations and at home-sleep study tests. Please call us at 631-983-2463 to schedule your appointment today.