If You Haven’t Got Your Health . . .
Sleep is critical to every aspect of your body’s health, including mental health, cardiovascular health, and metabolic health. Disrupting your body’s normal sleep routine disrupts all your body’s systems, which is why sleep apnea is associated with dozens of serious health problems. Among these are:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Obesity, including unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight
- Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
- Memory problems
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Sexual dysfunction
These health conditions are dangerous, even deadly. That’s why people with sleep apnea have a 46% higher risk of premature death. Most often, cardiovascular conditions are the cause of death. However, other causes of early death include cancer, suicide, and car accidents related to falling asleep while driving.
In addition to the risk of early death, people with untreated sleep apnea spend thousands of dollars more each year on healthcare and spend many more hours at the doctor.