Health Risks

Importance of Healthy Breathing

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are conditions affecting not only the quality of sleep during rest, but also the quality of breathing.  Their effects are more significant than you can imagine.  The following are conditions directly attributable to having sleep disordered breathing:

  • Overactive Bladder (day and night)
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiomyopathy (expanded heart muscle)
  • Stroke
  • Depression

The mechanism by which sleep disordered breathing contributes to these conditions is largely hormonal, in that when you stop breathing involuntarily due to restricted or collapsed airways, stress hormones are released into your blood stream.  In essence, your body believes you are being smothered and reacts with a fight or flight response, each time you experience the airway turbulence.  It may explain those “startled” jumps during sleep, or why you sometimes wake up with your heart hammering in your chest.

The effect of those hormones circulating in your system in an uncontrolled fashion night after night have cumulative long term effects on your blood vessels, your heart muscle, your lungs, and even your bladder and your brain.  Like any condition, the longer it goes untreated, the more damage it can cause, some of which may be irreversible.  The sooner the inciting condition is treated, the easier it is to prevent long term risks.

Most of these conditions are not just caused by one disorder.  For example, if you have sleep apnea and are obese, fixing sleep apnea may not reduce your high blood pressure unless you also address your obesity.  However, there are many patients with sleep apnea who take one, two or even three medications for their high blood pressure, one or two for their diabetes, and still have fluctuating values of these, largely because despite taking medications during the day, at night, they are experiencing fluctuating levels of stress hormones, like adrenalin and cortisol, secreted internally, that interfere with the function of the medication.

Speak to your doctor if you find that you have one or more of these conditions, and despite sticking to the regime, you cannot get a handle on good control.  You might be pleasantly surprised to know that you might have sleep apnea, and that by controlling it, you can effect better control over the other associated disorders.

 
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Amherst, NS B4H 4R7

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Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2X5

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