Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Medical Complications of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has many consequences, such as pulmonary hypertension, neurocognitive effects, depressed quality of life, motor vehicle accidents, awakening headache, childhood growth interruption, pregnancy-induced hypertension, fetal growth retardation, and disruption of the patients’ bed-partners’ sleep quality.
Complications may include:
  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness. The repeated awakenings associated with obstructive sleep apnea make normal, restorative sleep impossible. …
  • Cardiovascular problems. …
  • Complications with medications and surgery. …
  • Eye problems. …
  • Sleep-deprived partners.

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