Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing repeatedly pauses while you sleep. When this happens, your body wakes you up to resume breathing. These multiple sleep interruptions prevent you from sleeping well, leaving you feeling extra tired during the day.
When left untreated, serious risks of sleep apnea to your health are heart disease, diabetes, and other long-term health risks.
Many health conditions are linked to sleep apnea, including obesity and high blood pressure. These conditions, coupled with the lack of sleep, can harm many different systems in your body.
- Respiratory system:-
By depriving your body of oxygen while you sleep, sleep apnea can worsen symptoms of asthma and (COPD). You might find yourself short of breath or have more trouble exercising than usual.
- Endocrine system:-
People with sleep apnea are more likely to develop insulin resistance, a condition in which the cells don’t respond as well to the hormone insulin. When your cells don’t take in insulin like they should, your blood sugar level rises and you can develop type 2 diabetes.
- Digestive system:-
If you have sleep apnea, you’re more likely to have, liver scarring, and higher-than-normal levels of liver enzymes.
- Other systems
Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- trouble paying attention