Sleep Apnea: What it does to your body

Sleep apnea is a conditioning where a person’s breathing repeatedly pauses while sleeping. It causes the person to wake up then resume sleeping. These sleep interruptions cause people to feel unrested and extra tired during the day.

What most don’t know are the other effects sleep apnea has on one’s body:

Respiratory System – While one sleeps, the body rejuvenates and restrengthens itself to be able to take on the next day. Asthma, COPD, and shortness of breath are all things that one with sleep apnea can expect.

Endocrine System – one with sleep apnea is more likely to develop insulin resistance where cells don’t respond to the hormone insulin as others. This causes your blood sugar to increase and type 2 diabetes to develop. There are also links between sleep apnea and high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, high blood sugar levels, and larger than normal waist.

Digestive System – the liver is directly affected by sleep apnea with sufferers frequently having fatty liver disease, liver scarring, and high than normal levels of liver enzymes. It can also make heartburn and symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) worse, which also will interrupt sleeping.

Circulatory and cardiovascular systems – sleep apnea has been directly connected to obesity and high blood pressure, both can lead to heart failure. A person with sleep apnea is also more likely to have an abnormal heart rhythm like atrial fibrillation, which could increase the risk of stroke.

Nervous System – depending on the type of sleep apnea one has, numbness and tingling can be common neurological symptoms seen since there is a disruption in the brain’s signals.

Reproductive System – because your body is not getting adequate rest, many have a lower sex drive, are less fertile, and some men have erectile dysfunction issues.

As you can see, sleep apnea affects every part of one’s body. If you struggle with sleep apnea, call Dr. Manfredi at Artista Dental Studio for a consultation today!