When we think about scary things, our thoughts probably gravitate towards ghosts, zombies, and vampires, or maybe we think about phobias like spiders, snakes, the simple dark… Let’s be a little more actual, though. Fear is fear in any case, but now more than ever there are plenty of real-life things which should scare you and you probably aren’t even aware of–like untreated sleep disorders which can affect your overall well-being.
Did you know that people with sleep apnea actually stop breathing repeatedly while they’re sleeping? That’s scary. This can happen hundreds of times per night, and often for a full minute or longer. This is often why people with sleep apnea will gasp or choke while sleeping.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to some pretty scary health complications,too, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. And many CPAP masks are breeding grounds for mold, bacteria, and viruses, which thrive in warm, moist environments. CPAP users have an 18% higher risk of getting an infectious disease than those who don’t use CPAP therapy, typically as a result of dirty CPAP equipment.
It’s a darn good thing Dr. Bez is here to help. Many people have no idea they have sleep apnea. Studies estimate nearly 80% of people who have this sleep disorder are undiagnosed. Save yourself from being an undiagnosed statistic or a victim of one of these truly scary likelihoods. If you or a loved one suffers from sleep difficulties like snoring or sleep apnea, call our office today.