Sleep apnea? Talk to your doc.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea is estimated to affect some 25 percent of men and 10 percent of women. OSA makes people briefly stop breathing during sleep, sometimes up to 100 times. Left untreated, it may contribute to memory problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes, and heart attacks — and potentially to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In a recent study, untreated OSA was found to increase blood sugar, stress hormones, and blood pressure after just a few days. If you or your partner notices the following symptoms, see your doctor for an evaluation:

  • Loud and chronic snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Restlessness during sleep, frequent nighttime awakenings
  • Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
  • Cognitive impairment, such as trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, or irritability
  • Depression, anxiety, or mood swings
  • Morning headaches

Source: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dynamically Increases Nocturnal Plasma Free Fatty Acids, Glucose, and Cortisol During Sleep

“Sleep apnea cases often are complicated by underlying medical conditions, such as obesity and heart disease.” Gerry Scholz



Posted on January 12, 2018 and filed under fitness.