The health risks of obstructive sleep apnea are multi-faceted. Unlike simple snoring, obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires medical attention. Besides being drowsy, fatigued, and having lowered energy levels during the day, sleep apnea patients are subject to a variety of negative health issues and social problems due to sleep deprivation. The symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe.
Those who have OSA are often unaware of their condition and think they sleep well. The symptoms that usually cause these individuals to seek help are daytime drowsiness or complaints of snoring and breathing cessations observed by a bed partner. Other symptoms may include:
Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can also contribute to high blood pressure, hypertension, heart attacks and stroke. Equally dangerous is driving an automobile while being drowsy. Each year thousands of lives are lost due to sleep deprived drivers.Treatment Options for OSA