Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

Posted on: March 16, 2020

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You are probably aware that you exhibit the symptoms of sleep apnea, but the thought of undergoing treatment may not sound exciting to you. Every human needs enough sleep (between seven to nine hours) for adequate health, and sleep apnea disturbs that. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes breathing to stop momentarily and stirs you briefly to restore breathing. This may occur several times during the night and reduces oxygen levels in the body.

The benefits of undergoing treatment

According to estimates from the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, up to 15 percent of the U.S. population has sleep apnea. People experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea need to seek treatment. The benefits of sleep apnea treatment include:

Better sleep quality

People with sleep apnea can experience breath stoppage up to 90 times per hour. Every stoppage makes the body stir out of sleep a bit before breathing resumes and can prevent the person from getting adequate deep sleep required to wake up feeling refreshed. After treatment, the patient should be able to breathe easily, get good sleep and feel energetic during the day. Getting a good night’s sleep can contribute to drastic improvements in other aspects of someone’s life.

Decreased risk of heart conditions and stroke

A report from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study revealed that cases of hypertension were almost three times higher in people with a high number of sleep disruptions compared to those who sleep freely. The instances of stroke were 4.5 times higher in those with serious sleep disruptions. Treating sleep apnea reduces the risk of cardiovascular conditions and mortality rates.

Lower risk of depression

The risk of depression tends to be higher in people who experience too many disturbances during sleep. The increased risk is common with any degree of sleep disruptions, but the rate of depression among those with severe sleep apnea is significantly higher than in those without the condition.

 Better diabetes control

Sleep apnea can increase the risk of getting diabetes. Going by some of the reports published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, treating sleep apnea contributed to higher insulin resistance in people without diabetes. The reports also show that diabetic patients with untreated sleep apnea usually have poor control of blood sugar.

Lower risk of cancer

According to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea were at higher risk of developing cancer. The most common cancer diagnosis is lung, breast, colorectal and prostate. The affected patients were mostly men and those under age 65.

Better life quality

Treating sleep apnea can reduce snoring significantly, which is beneficial for the patient and their bed partner. Better sleep improves the quality of life since treatment reduces sleep apnea symptoms.

The takeaway

Sleep apnea is a treatable condition. Undergoing treatment can significantly improve cognitive function, physical and cardiovascular health and life quality. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms of sleep apnea, book an appointment immediately for a consultation and treatment.

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