The Dangerous Consequences of Sleep Apnea

Snoring is annoying and can disrupt your sleep and your significant other’s as well. However, it can have even more severe consequences if you snore and suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea increases your risk of developing dangerous health conditions. However, these problems can be curbed if you seek treatment for your sleep apnea.

What Health Problems Can Arise from Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

It’s important to know what health problems can arise if you have obstructive sleep apnea. These conditions include the following:

  • High Blood Pressure: Sleep apnea can increase your blood pressure. Additionally, if your blood pressure is already on the upper side, it can get worse with obstructive sleep apnea because your body is under stress while you sleep. When your breathing is not proper, the level of oxygen in your blood decreases.
  • Heart Disease: If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you are far more likely to suffer a heart attack. Low oxygen in your blood means your heart receives less oxygen as well. You also experience additional stress during sleep because of frequent waking.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Around 80 percent of people who have obstructive sleep apnea also have type 2 diabetes. Additionally, being obese increases the risk of suffering from both conditions.
  • Weight Gain: If you have gained a considerable amount of weight, it can also raise your risk of developing sleep apnea. Sleep apnea also makes it more difficult to lose weight. Being overweight or obese means you have more fat in the neck area, which can obstruct your breathing while you sleep.
  • Asthma: Individuals who have obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to develop asthma, a chronic lung disease.
  • Acid Reflux: Many people who have sleep apnea claim to suffer from acid reflux as well.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you should seek treatment. Many of the other medical conditions that can develop when you have obstructive sleep apnea can be reduced or eliminated with the right treatment.

One means of treatment your doctor may prescribe is the usage of a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure.” It is fitted with a hose at the end of which there is a mask. You wear that mask during the night while you sleep and receive oxygen, which can help you to breathe better and can improve your condition overall.

Other forms of treatment include mouth appliances, nerve stimulators, and surgery. It’s important to consult with your doctor to determine which type of treatment is most appropriate for you.

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About The Sleep 2017 Boston Conference

A conference on sleep was recently held in Boston, but over 5,000 medical doctors and others associated with the sleep industry did not have much time to take naps during the exciting conference. This was the 31st annual meeting put on jointly by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS). Participants heard from a range of speakers during this event along with getting introduced to new products by a wide variety of vendors. Everyone learned a lot during this June conference allowing them to go home and provide better care to their patients.

Participants had the choice of over 85 sessions that they could attend for continuing education credits. Some of the topics covered during sessions were EEG basics for sleep practitioners, the emerging relationship between cancer and sleep, treatment advances in insomnia care, how the need for sleep can be quantified, nightmare disorders and school start times and their effect on sleep.

One of the fascinating parts of the conference occurred during the lunch break each day. Doctors were encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch and visit with each other about their most perplexing cases. Each presenter had five minutes to present the case, and then the other doctors made suggestions on what they thought the doctor should try next.

Students in medical school also were invited to participate in the conference. They could choose to make an oral presentation on a facet of sleep medicine. Alternatively, they could share an educational poster they had constructed.

Attendees had a wide choice of housing available to them during this conference. The Sheraton Boston Hotel served as the headquarters hotel. They could also choose from five other hotels located within 0.5 miles of the Greater Boston Convention and Vistors Center.

While most participants were medical doctors with a special interest in sleep, medical students could also attend the conference. The two organizations also allowed a limited number of people attend from the press.

Plans are already being made for the 2018 conference from June 2 to 8 in Boston. Those registering by mid-April can get a discount. Participants also need to think about booking their rooms before May 1 to take advantage of very special rates during the 2018 conference. Since many of the keynote debates and speakers sold out, those interested in attending need to make their plans as far ahead as possible.