How Sleep Apnea Affects the Body

How Sleep Apnea Affects the Body
Posted on 12/03/2019
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Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of Americans, even though many don't even realize they have it. But unfortunately, that doesn't mean it isn't an issue: sleep apnea can cause a number of problems even if someone is unaware of the condition. At Federici Dental, we're proud to offer convenient treatment for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and our very own Dr. Joseph Federici holds the prestigious rank of Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) – so we'd like to shed some light on the dangerous effects that sleep apnea can have on the body. 

What Sleep Apnea Does to Your Body

While extremely severe cases of sleep apnea can prove life-threatening, for most people, the biggest effect of sleep apnea is that it robs you of healthy sleep. Even if you may be "sleeping" for 8 or more hours per night, sleep apnea creates tiny interruptions in that sleep. These interruptions are too minor for you to remember, but they can happen as often as 60 times per hour, effectively preventing your body from sleeping properly. 

This causes plenty of mental problems like mood swings, irritability, and chronic exhaustion, but it causes bodily problems, as well. Here are just a few of the bodily effects that sleep apnea can produce:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Problems
  • Liver Problems
  • High LDL ("Bad") Cholesterol
  • Lower Libido
  • Acid Reflux
  • Lower Immunity

Schedule a Consultation for Sleep Apnea Treatment in Manahawkin

Sleep apnea and the poor sleep it causes can wreak havoc on brain and body alike, and often, these problems develop under the surface for years before a patient finally seeks treatment. Think you might be suffering from low-grade OSA? Don't take chances when it comes to your health: schedule a consultation online to find out how we can help you improve your sleep through sleep apnea treatment. We look forward to helping you get the restful, healthy sleep you deserve!