A survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation (1999-2004) revealed that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. Most of those with these problems go undiagnosed and untreated. In addition, more than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month – with 20 percent reporting problem sleepiness a few days a week or more. A good night’s Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. Unintentionally falling asleep, dozing off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of a lack of sleep is severely detrimental to your health. There are many related conditions and medical diseases that can impact the quality of our ability to rest during the night. Below you will find more information about conditions other than sleep apnea that are intimately connected to sleep issues and problems.
- High blood pressure Constantly waking during the night can cause your body’s hormone systems to go work harder, which boosts your blood pressure levels. When you aren’t able breathe well during sleep, the level of oxygen in your blood drops, which may add to the problem.
- Heart disease Sleep apnea disrupts how your body takes in oxygen, which makes it hard for your brain to control how blood flows in your arteries and the brain itself. Throughout the night, oxygen isn’t being distributed to their cells in order help restore and repair them. In addition, due to the low levels of oxygen, the linings of the blood vessels become inflamed and damaged.
- Type 2 diabetes Studies have shown that 80% of people with Type 2 Diabetes suffer from some form of sleep apnea. Although studies haven’t shown a clear link between sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes, not getting enough shut-eye can keep your body from using insulin properly, which leads to diabetes.
- Weight gain When you’re overweight, you can have fatty deposits in your neck that block the airway causing breathing problems. Being overweight raises your chances of having sleep apnea, and if sleep apnea is left untreated it also makes it harder to slim down.
- Adult asthma A study by the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort found that there was a 41 percent incidence of OSA in asthmatics versus only a 29 percent incidence in people who didn’t suffer from asthma. The researchers also discovered that participants who were diagnosed with asthma as a child were twice as likely to develop OSA as an adult.
- Car accidents Feeling tired, increases your risk of falling asleep at the while driving. People with sleep apnea are up to five times more likely than normal sleepers to have traffic accidents.