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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Aging: A Dangerous Mix

HealthDay recently reported that as many as one in four men who have reached middle age suffer from sleep apnea. The risk of this serious sleep disorder tends to increase with age alongside other major health issues. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea symptoms, speak to a qualified doctor immediately before your health begins to decline.

Sleep apnea can occur at any age, with even children capable of exhibiting symptoms. However, older adults tend to be at a greater risk, and men are twice as likely as women to develop sleep apnea.

Although lifestyle, genetics, and other factors can play a part, sleep apnea has also been identified as a risk factor for other age-related health disorders and issues, including: 

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Some eye diseases
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
This isn’t an inclusive list of sleep apnea symptoms. Poor quality sleep is a danger to multiple systems in the body, and the risk of serious complications only increases as the patient gets older.

An estimated 4% of Americans experience sleep apnea symptoms. If you believe your health is at risk, please contact a doctor in your community or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to find a medical professional with knowledge of diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders.

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