Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to further health complications if it is left untreated. We know that untreated sleep apnea can lead to the body’s inability to regulate blood pressure. In fact, just one bout of sleep apnea can impact your ability to regulate blood pressure. And when it continually occurs, it can only get worse.
Here is the connection
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you might be experiencing frequent periods of decreased oxygen levels in the body. To make matters worse, just six hours of fluctuating oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea can deteriorate a person’s circulatory system. Additionally, we know that sleep apnea is linked to high blood pressure and can impact the cardiovascular system in one day.
Those six hours of fluctuating oxygen levels can lead to the body’s inability to regulate blood pressure. In fact, these changes occur instantly in healthy young adults. This is not something many can prepare themselves for.
It’s time to seek treatment for sleep apnea
Interventions for those suffering from sleep apnea should take place as soon as you are diagnosed. An easy and comfortable option is an oral appliance, which can be worn without discomfort. It is also easy to travel with, so it’s a win-win.
Contact Dr. Sara at AZ Sleep and TMJ Solutions for more information on sleep apnea and the steps you can take to improve your overall health and well-being.