Why treat sleep apnea?
In the 2nd terminator movie when Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton) sees the terminator (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) she was frightened, but the terminator said “come with me if you want to live”.
And in a similar way, I say “Treat sleep apnea if you want to live”. I say this because a lack of sleep results in genuine changes in the human body both physiologically and physically which can influence your coordination, judgment, mental sharpness and, as you can see from the statistics above, lead to a link to many dangerous health conditions.
With that being said these are some top reasons to treat your sleep apnea.
Why treat sleep apnea? When sleep apnea is treated your brain will not be constantly awakened during the night, will keep air flowing, and allow your body to spend time in the deeper stages of sleep. And it’s during these deeper stages of sleep when your brain repairs the rest of your body, store your memories and improve cognitive functions. When your brain is constantly awoken during the night due to sleep apnea, your brain never really gets to complete its nightly work, which is why you don’t feel rested the next day. When you treat sleep apnea you will feel more alive and awake during the day because your brain and vital organs will have been fully oxygenated during sleep. Also, your brain will get to perform its job the way it’s supposed to uninterrupted. And when it gets to work in the ways it needs to, your body and mind get the rest they need allowing you to feel more awake and alert the next day.
Studies also show that treated sleep apnea reduces blood pressure and lowers the chances of cardiac problems including heart disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias. At night the brain makes oxygen-rich blood cells that need to be sent to its various systems in the body. But when there’s an obstruction in the breathing process this tells the brain that it needs to increase the blood flow by constricting blood vessels to keep things running. One of the major problems is that even when you’re awake these mechanisms have trouble shutting off giving you high blood pressure even during the day. So treating your sleep apnea should be one thing that can help give you normal blood pressure.
By treating sleep apnea you may also have a reduction in morning headaches. When you stop breathing during the night, two things occur, 1) the carbon dioxide levels in your blood go up, and 2) the oxygen levels in your blood go down. And this higher level of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream may cause the blood vessels to dilate causing headaches which usually go away within a half-hour of being awake as regular breathing returns the balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen levels to normal.
Why treat sleep apnea? You will be able to perform better at work and at school. Sleep deprivation causes trouble with concentration, lapses in attention, and even memory problems. However when you sleep well at night your brain will have an easier time processing things during the day, and you will be less likely to make errors have less trouble recalling important information and paying attention. It may even increase your motivation to want to get things done.
The increase in attention that you will experience may result in decreased accidents in the workplace and while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is estimated to be responsible for and a high number of crashes causing injury as well as fatal crashes. Even some of the worst disasters in history have been attributed to sleep deprivation including the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, the Challenger explosion, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. In all of these major disasters sleep, deprivation of workers (or key decision-makers) was listed as a contributing cause of the accident. If safety for yourself and others is a concern, then your sleep health should be as well.
In addition to helping your own sleep, you will be helping your bed partner to improve the quality of their sleep. They will no longer be awoken by your loud snoring and snorting and your partner will get the health benefits from a good night’s sleep.
Finally, you should treat sleep apnea because if it’s not treated it can potentially KILL YOU! Sleep apnea cuts off oxygen to your brain and vital organs and needs to be taken seriously. Please get treated and take care of yourself so that you can live life to the fullest.
As you can see, the dangers of untreated sleep apnea are many and should be taken seriously. From losing sleep for you and your loved ones, to developing serious medical issues, sleep apnea is a condition that can have huge consequences on your life. There’s really no reason to get your sleep apnea diagnosed and treated. And once you do get diagnosed and set-up with therapy, you’ll quickly recognize the positive impact that finally getting quality sleep at night can have on your life.
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