While snoring is often a harmless condition, sleep apnoea can be a life-threatening one, which is quite concerning considering the symptoms of both are quite similar.
Here are the top 5 dangers of untreated sleep apnoea:
This is casued by high blood pressure, which is a risk of sleep apnoea. Essentially, your body lowers its blood pressure naturally during the sleep cycle. Therefore interruptions of the sleep cycle caused by sleep apnoea can cause this natural effect to be inefficient, potentially leading to hypertension.
2. Cardio-vascular Problems
Untreated sleep apnoea can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, diabetes and cardiomyopathy.
3. Daytime Drowsiness
Due to the lack of sleep caused by sleep apnoea, the sufferer is at risk for lapses in concentration, such as when driving or working. It can also risk the safety of others at work or at home in the case of parents. The condition can also cause a drop in productivity and erractic moods, both of which can effect your life on a social or personal level.
The effect is caused by a general lack of energy stemming from the condition. As a result, movement and exercise is hindered and can have a flow-on effect to weight issues.
5. Driving Risks
While there is the obvious risk of falling asleep at the wheel, which is very real and dangerous, the other potential risk many do not consider is the impact the condition can have on reaction time and alertness when driving. If not as sharp as you should be, you are putting yourself and others at risk.