In a world of constant distraction with devices everywhere, it can be difficult to unplug, relax, and settle into a good night’s sleep. This can be even more complicated when you think you’re getting a good night’s sleep but actually aren’t. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder in which your airway is intermittently narrowed or blocked, disrupting breathing and sleep.
As May rolls in, we are participating in Stroke Awareness Month by looking at how sleep apnea and strokes can be related. The troubling bottom line? Overall, sleep apnea more than doubles the risk of stroke in men.
Researchers from the Sleep Heart Health Study report that the risk of stroke appears in men with mild sleep apnea and rises with its severity. The stroke risk from sleep apnea is independent of other risk factors such as weight, high blood pressure, race, smoking, and diabetes.
Of the 12 million American adults believed to have sleep apnea, most are not diagnosed or treated. There are a number of treatments that can help improve breathing and reduce the severity of symptoms. This can increase quality of life, daytime energy and productivity, and yes–reduce your risk of stroke.
Are you one of the undiagnosed 12 million Americans? We can help. If you or loved one are having issues getting a good night’s sleep, call us today to learn about the many paths to a deep night’s sleep.