SLEEP – THE NEW SILENT KILLER
Chances are that someone you know has an undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorder that is harming their health. That someone may be you. The symptoms of this sleep disorder may presently be mild or severe but one thing is certain – these symptoms will only worsen if the underlying disorder is left untreated. So please, pay careful attention to this information. It could save your life.
There are several medical disorders that can strike without
warning. Diabetes and high blood pressure are called silent killers
because the symptoms often go unrecognized.
– 26 million people in this county have diabetes– 7 million
don’t know that they have it.
– 75 million adults have high blood pressure – 20 million people
don’t know they have it.
As shocking as these statistics may be, there is a new kid on the
block that can put these numbers to shame.
THE NAME OF THIS NEW KID IS SLEEP DISORDERED BREATHING
There may be as many as 200 million people in this country that have Sleep Disordered Breathing and most don’t know it.
You may be aware of the potential dangers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is a clinical condition caused by obstruction of the upper airway, causing the patient to choke and startle.
We know that the damaging and sometimes deadly effects of obstructive sleep apnea are due to sleep interruption, oxygen deprivation and the effects of the “fight or flight” stress response that happens each time the patient stops breathing.
1. Chronic sleep interruption can lead to fatigue, low performance due to mental fog, poor memory consolidation, and accidental death.
2. Oxygen deprivation can damage the brain and every other organ in the body, as well as leave you exhausted most of the day.
3. Chronic stress will also damage the brain, lower immunity and create emotional and mental havoc
If you want to learn more about conditions related to or caused by adult sleep problems, check out the links at the top of this page, starting with Snoring.
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