Untreated Sleep Apnea Life Expectancy

Untreated Sleep Apnea Life Expectancy

Sleep Apnea causes irregular breathing stoppages during sleep. Several people don’t know they have the condition, and it’s often a bed partner who first notices that there’s irregular breathing at night. Conversely, diagnosis and treatment of the condition are very important, as the condition can have serious consequences for your health. Here’s what you need to know about how sleep Apnea can impact life expectancy.

There are three main types of Sleep Apnea:

  • Obstructive
  • Central
  • Mixed

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type and occurs when the tissues in the neck, throat, or mouth temporarily block the airway when you are sleeping because of obstructive and central sleep apnea.

The impact on life expectancy with untreated severe sleep apnea is even more profound: It roughly doubles your risk of death. Studies have established that sleep apnea typically decreases life expectancy by several years.

Complications of Sleep Apnea 

  • You may experience daytime fatigue. The recurrent awakenings linked with sleep apnea make normal, restorative sleep impossible which makes severe daytime fatigue.
  • You might have difficulty concentrating and find yourself falling asleep at work or even when driving. People with sleep apnea have an increased risk of a motor vehicle and workplace accidents.
  • You might also feel quick-tempered, moody, or depressed.
  • High blood pressure or heart problems. Having obstructive sleep apnea increases your risk of high blood pressure.
  • Having sleep apnea increases your risk of developing insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes.
  • Metabolic syndrome which includes high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood sugar, and an increased waist circumference, is linked to a higher risk of heart disease.

The Dangers of Weight Gain with Sleep Apnea 

Many people tend to underestimate the importance of getting enough healthy sleep. Not only does adequate sleep keep you feeling well-rested, but it also allows your body the time to recover and repair itself.

Sleep apnea might lead to weight gain. Weight gain can also make sleep apnea symptoms worse. When most people gain weight, they gain it everywhere including their necks. Excess weight in this area can narrow your airway when you lie down. When the air has to squeeze through, it is often heard as snoring or wheezing. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airway is blocked during sleep, so this excess narrowing can increase the number of times you wake up at night.

Diet in the Management of Sleep Apnea

There is one thing you have to be aware of, it’s the chances of getting sleep apnea to grow alongside your body weight. Fat accumulated around the neck creates obstacles for normal breathing. One needs to consider a diet for sleep apnea.

Doctors agree that the best way to lose extra pounds and keep them off is to eat a healthy diet with plenty of whole grains, vegetables including legumes like peas and beans and fresh fruits, and to limit fried foods or fatty meat products. Drinking water instead of sugary sodas and be sure to exercise for 30 minutes a day or most days of the week are also key.

HCG Diet plan varies in length with the first phase lasting from 26 and 43 days. This diet is a natural way to stimulate the systems in your body to help you lose weight. HCG is a hormone made in your own body. It alleviates blood sugar levels and controls estrogen levels in women. It also boosts testosterone levels in men. It helps to balance hormone levels in both sexes.

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Untreated Sleep Apnea Life Expectancy