Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Some Sleep Medications may Increase the Risk of Sleep Apnea

Alcohol and sedatives have long been known to increase the risk of sleep apnea. Interestingly, several studies that have surfaced over the past two years have found that “sedatives” may include a number of popular sleep medications such as Ambien, Restoril, Sonata and Lunesta.

One study, conducted by researchers from the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, CA, and the Jackson Hole Center for Preventative Medicine, in Jackson, Wyoming, found that these medications not only increased risks for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, but also greatly increased the risk of cardiovascular failure in people who used the medications frequently.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

A restful night’s sleep can be hard to come by in our modern age and the occasional use of sleeping medications is safe from most adults. However, when you rely on sleeping medications to fall asleep every night, you are placing yourself at an increased risk for serious and even fatal consequences.

If you have difficulties sleeping, talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes and other alternatives to medications. If you are have developed sleep apnea, talk to a qualified sleep apnea physician to learn more about the best ways to combat the problem and restore a good and full night’s sleep.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, please contact I Hate CPAP today to find an experienced sleep apnea physician in your area.

posted by Admin at 6:53 AM