Sleep Apnea Complications

Sleep apnea – is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
First we are going to talk about symptoms of sleep apnea:
  • loud snoring
  • episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
  • abrupt awakenings with shortness of breath
  • waking up with a dry mouth or a sore throat
  • morning headache
  • insomnia
  • daytime drowsiness
  • attention problems
  • irritability

Sleep Apnea Complications

  • daytime fatigue – people with sleep apnea do not sleep well which makes them fatigued — you may find yourself having difficulty concentrating and falling asleep
  • high blood pressure or heart disease – when you have sleep apnea, your blood oxygen can drop suddenly and increase your blood pressure — when you have obstructive sleep apnea may increase your risk for recurrent heart attacks, atrial fibrillation and strokes
  • type 2 diabetes – sleep apnea can increase the risks of developing insulin resistant and type 2 diabetes
  • metabolic syndrome – these include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, increased waist circumference and abnormal cholesterol
  • complications with surgeries and medications – obstructive sleep apnea  is a risk for certain medications and general anesthesia — you are more likely to experience complications after major surgery since your are sedated and lying on your back with a breathing problem
  • liver problems – when you have sleep apnea, you are at risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease which means abnormal results for liver function tests and your liver can show scarring
  • sleep deprived partners – loud snoring can interrupt the sleep of your partner — it is not uncommon for your partner to sleep in another room to get a good night sleep
Lifestyle changes that you can make yourself:

  • lose weight
  • exercise
  • avoid alcohol, tranquilizers and sleeping pills
  • sleep on your back rather than your back or stomach
  • keep your nasal passages open at night
  • stop smoking

Always check with your doctor before making any lifestyle changes.


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Excessive ventilation during CPR can increase intrathoracic pressure and decrease coronary perfusion pressure.

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