Sleep Apnea Side Effects

Sleep Apnea Side Effects

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Sleep apnea can have dangerous side effects that can negatively impact your health and well-being. Patients with this undiagnosed condition often experience tiredness, headaches, dry mouth, irritability, and more. It has also been linked to cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, stoke, obesity, asthma, eye disorders, epilepsy, and depression. At SleepQuest, we can provide your entire care pathway from screening to diagnosis, treatment, and compliance monitoring for your sleep apnea to help you enjoy a better quality of life. To learn more about sleep apnea side effects, contact one of our San Francisco Bay Area based offices today or if you are in another part of the country, call us and ask for the National Department.

Sleep Apnea Side Effects in San Francisco and throughout USA

Sleep apnea is serious condition that can greatly impact a patient's quality of life, although it is often overlooked or disregarded by healthcare professionals and their patients. Patients suffering from sleep apnea experience periods of repeated sub-conscience arousals causing them to wake up more tired than when they went to bed. By recognizing these symptoms prior to them becoming totally debilitating, patients can be diagnosed and find relief from the side effects of sleep apnea. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and providing an integrated care management program for patients across the United States, SleepQuest is your destination for solutions to diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea. Contact us to learn more today.

Lesser Quality of Life

Each time a sleep apnea patient stops breathing during the night, the brain disrupts the natural sleep cycle, causing patients to wake up or transition to a lighter stage of sleep. Many patients are not even aware that their sleep is being disrupted because they rarely, if ever, reach the deepest levels of sleep; they never get the full amount of rest they need.

People with this condition usually wake up with headaches or dry mouth, and they feel exhausted, even if they have had a full night’s sleep. This chronic exhaustion can impact every aspect of their lives, including familial and personal relationships and performance at work or school. Sleep apnea sufferers often have difficulty concentrating and may feel exceptionally forgetful. They also deal with irritability, mood swings, impotence, erectile dysfunction, and decreased libido. Each of these symptoms can lead to a reduced quality of life, clinical depression, and barriers to personal and professional success.

Cardiovascular Conditions

When breathing ceases during sleep, carbon dioxide begins to build up in the blood. This means that the heart has to pump harder to rid the body of the excess CO2. When this buildup happens repeatedly, it puts significant strain on the heart and can lead to congestive heart failure, high blood pressure (hypertension), cardiovascular disease, as well as a higher risk of heart attack, and stroke.

The Right Sleep Study for You

While SleepQuest offers at-home sleep studies for sleep apnea that can be sent directly to your doorstep, patients with rarer neurologically based sleep disorders and/or severe co-morbidities will be better served by an attended sleep study performed at a local sleep laboratory. SleepQuest can assist with setting up a visit with this type of facility if your doctor believes you may suffer from a neurological sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or from a co-morbid condition such as congestive heart failure or neuromuscular disease. Since approximately 85% to 90% of all patients who were previously sent to the sleep laboratory suffer from a sleep related breathing disorder (i.e. sleep apnea) these patients can now be accurately studied from their own home at a much lower cost and with greater convenience.

Sleep Apnea Causes

Sleep apnea is often caused by a narrowing of the throat relaxed or enlarged soft palate at the back of the throat, which often also causes snoring. The nervous system responds to sleep apnea and in most cases to the lack of oxygen by triggering the body to take a deep breath, producing the gasping sound heard by those who live with people with sleep apnea. Because the body is struggling for air while you sleep all night, you never really get the important restful deep sleep you need. As a result, people with sleep apnea wake up still tired, often with a headache, are drowsy all day, and the condition is associated with: memory loss, higher accident rates, diabetes, weight gain (obesity), high blood pressure (Hypertension), congestive heart failure, depression cardiovascular disease, erectile dysfunction, stroke and even death. If you snore or are always tired, you need to take a simple diagnostic test to find out if you have sleep apnea. Contact Us for More Information

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To learn more about sleep apnea and to obtain your complimentary sleep assessment, contact SleepQuest today. We can also provide you with an accurate home sleep apnea diagnostic device and once diagnosed we can help you and your physician with the treatment and management of your sleep disorder. Headquartered near San Francisco, we proudly treat patients across California and the nation and are happy to answer your questions regarding insurance coverage and financing. Determine your likeliness for having sleep apnea today by clicking here to fill out our complimentary on-line sleep assessment.

About SleepQuest

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Expert Guide to Sleep Apnea 

This guide to understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) was written by SleepQuest’s Chief Scientific Officer; William C. Dement, M.D., Ph.D.


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