Diseases and Risks Associated with Untreated Sleep Apnea/UARS


Adults

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Sudden Death
  • Polycythemia (high red cell count)
  • Increase Risk of Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid)
  • Chronic Sinus Infections
  • Tonsillitis
  • Anxiety
  • Stroke
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Snoring
  • GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) and LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux)
  • Abnormal Liver Function, Higher Risk of Signs of Liver Scarring, Fatty Liver
  • Sleep Deprived Partners (loud snoring disturbs partner’s sleep)
  • Fatigue
  • Dementia and Memory Problems (Amyloid B and Tao Protein accumulation due to decreased REM sleep)
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Impotence
  • Nocturia (a need to urinate frequently at night)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Nightmares
  • Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Myofascial Pain
  • Significant increase in the risk of a motor vehicle accident, machinery related injuries, etc.


Children

  • Hyperactivity or sleepiness in the daytime
  • Misdiagnosis with ADHD (40% of ADHD is OSA undiagnosed)
  • Poor School Performance
  • Memory Problems
  • Concentration Problems
  • Chronic Mouth Breathing
  • Emotional Problems (aggression, crankiness, excessive emotionalism)
  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Nightmares
  • Difficulty Waking Them in the Morning
  • Afternoon Naps Needed Over Age of 8
  • Sleepwalking
  • Head banging while sleeping
  • Abnormal Sleep Postures
  • Aggressive behavior

Other Associated Sleep Disorders That Can Occur With Sleep Apnea

  • Sleep Bruxism
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep Walking
  • Sleep Talking


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