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Risks of Sleep Apnea
At Spark Sleep Solutions, it’s our goal to give you a better and healthier night of sleep. For all of our patients in and around San Jose, San Ramon, Santa Cruz, and Los Gatos, we’re proud to offer you convenient home sleep tests that are able to test you for sleep apnea. More than 40 million Americans actually suffer from a sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea and it’s estimated that about 93 percent of women and 82 percent of men with moderate-to-severe sleep apnea remain undiagnosed. It’s important that you get evaluated for sleep apnea because of how dangerous it can be and the medical problems it can cause.
About Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when there’s a blockage of the airway while sleeping. The word ‘apnea’ actually means ‘without breath,’ and considering its name, it’s no surprise that this condition can lead to serious medical conditions that even include death. When we lie down, the tongue can fall back into our throat due to gravity. This along with the relaxation of the soft tissues can block some, and possibly even all, of the oxygen that’s attempting to enter our body. With obstructive sleep apnea, this can occur over hundreds of times a night!
Medical Conditions That Are Related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Some of the medical conditions that can be caused by obstructive sleep apnea include the following:
- Heart disease
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Acid reflux disease
To make things worse, it’s estimated that about 38,000 deaths are caused each year by sleep apnea. As your San Jose sleep apnea specialist, even if you do happen to have sleep apnea, we can provide treatment options to help with this condition.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Some of the signs that you may have obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Lack of concentration
- Lack of motivation
- Emotional instability
Contact Your San Jose Sleep Apnea Specialist Today!
If you have any questions about sleep apnea, please feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us at one of our four convenient locations in San Jose, San Ramon, Santa Cruz, and Los Gatos, we encourage you to fill out the ‘Request an Appointment’ form on the left of the page or give us a call at (408) 490-0182. We hope to hear from you soon and help you get a great night of sleep!