Occasional disruptions to your sleep pattern is normal, but not treating sleep apnea can be worse than just being tired the next day.
Sleep disorders like sleep apnea are often undiagnosed. You may feel the symptoms without realizing you are suffering from an actual disorder. Sleep apnea is a disruption and or stoppage of your breathing pattern throughout the night usually caused by neck and throat tissue that restricts airways and can be dangerous to your health if left untreated.
Dangers of Sleep Apnea:
- Periodical stoppage of breathing
- Disruption of sleep cycle due to constant waking to restart breathing
- Lack of high quality sleep
- Excess stress on the nervous system
- Brain, heart, and other organs don’t get to rejuvenate
- Constant fatigue can lead to accidents on the road, at work, or at home
- Weight gain, obesity, or difficulty losing weight
- Heightened anxiety and bad moods
- Lower sex drive
- Snoring or uneasy sleep may disturb self or partner
- Higher risk for diabetes, heart attack, and stroke
The Sleep Disorders Laboratory at St. Petersburg General Hospital is dedicated to the study of sleep issues and even offers support. The group, A.W.A.K.E., promotes awareness about sleep apnea and usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the conference room (Auditorium B) at St. Petersburg General Hospital. There is no cost to attend this event but reservations are preferred.
The next A.W.A.K.E. meeting will be on Saturday, December 17, 2013 from 6 – 7pm. This program is a part of the American Sleep Apnea Association’s “Alert, Well And Keeping Energetic” network and medical professionals present each month on topics regarding sleep apnea. You can call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5122 to register or for a physician referral. We hope to see you there.