Health Risk Prevention
CPAP can prevent or reverse serious consequences of obstructive sleep apnea. The treatment can help protect you from these serious health risks:
By treating your sleep apnea, you can reduce your risk of heart disease. Sleep apnea is linked to a variety of heart problems because it causes you to stop breathing many times each night. These pauses cause changes in the pressure on your heart and can cause changes in your blood oxygen levels. This puts an enormous strain on your heart.
People with untreated sleep apnea have a higher rate of death from heart disease than those without sleep apnea or with treated sleep apnea. Using CPAP over an extended period of time can protect you from heart problems and reduce your chance of dying from them. This includes:
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Irregular heartbeat
If you have sleep apnea, consistent CPAP use can reduce your risk of stroke, one of the leading causes of death and long-term disability. A stroke is a sudden loss in brain function. It occurs when there is a blockage or rupture in one of the blood vessels leading to the brain. People with untreated sleep apnea are two to four times more likely to have a stroke.
Using CPAP to treat your sleep apnea can improve insulin sensitivity. Sleep apnea is related to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, both factors in type 2 diabetes. Untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
CPAP can help you become a safer driver by reducing your daytime fatigue. Untreated sleep apnea makes you 15 times more likely to be involved in a deadline crash. Many people with sleep apnea have a hard time staying awake and concentrating while driving.
Benefits to Your Health and Well-Being
Using CPAP to treat your sleep apnea can improve your life and make each day better. It can help improve your:
Sleepiness and daytime fatigue are common symptoms of sleep apnea. CPAP can restore your normal sleep pattern and increase your total sleep time by eliminating breathing pauses in your sleep. This will help you wake up feeling more refreshed and boost your energy throughout the day.
Untreated sleep apnea can make you feel cloudy-headed because it interferes with your cognitive functioning. Using CPAP may improve your ability to think, concentrate and make decisions. This can also improve your productivity and decrease your chance of making a costly mistake at work.
Untreated sleep apnea is linked with depression. CPAP can help improve your mood, reduce your risk of depression and improve your overall quality of life.
By keeping your airway open as you sleep, CPAP can also reduce or eliminate the sound of your snoring. While you may not notice, you bed partner will benefit from a quieter sleep environment.
People with untreated sleep apnea usually have higher medical expenses. Treatment with CPAP can reduce medical expenses, even when you factor in the cost of CPAP. Sleep apnea can lead to more health problems and more doctors’ visits. Treatment for serious health risks linked to sleep apnea such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes can be costly. Medical expenses will decrease when you use CPAP to treat your sleep apnea.