Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders in Canada, but it is often misdiagnosed as another condition – like depression or high blood pressure – and left untreated. Only about 25% of the people who have sleep apnea are aware they have it. 1
Sleep apnea treatment is painless and noninvasive; but when it is left undiagnosed or untreated you run the risk of developing chronic health problems or injuries that can impact your quality of life.
Untreated sleep apnea can make it hard to get out of bed in the morning, and can cause relationship problems and depression.
It can also cause grogginess, burnout, headaches, cognitive fogginess, hypersensitivity, tiredness, and irritability, all of which are common side effects of untreated sleep apnea.
The problem is that you can get used to feeling this way and not recognize that you could feel better if you treat your sleep apnea.
More than 70% of people with sleep apnea say they feel depressed and don’t know why. CPAP therapy can reverse the feeling of depression. 1
If you are already living with sleep apnea, you might think it is safe to continue doing so at no risk. Some people feel depressed, have a higher than average blood pressure, or are exhibiting the onset of diabetes and think these are unrelated to their sleep apnea.
However, by not treating your sleep apnea you risk the development or worsening of these chronic health diseases which are closely associated with obstructive sleep apnea, including:
Since untreated sleep apnea disrupts your sleep and can cause you to feel tired at work, at home, or even while driving, it may also lead to workplace or vehicle injuries with long-term health consequences.
This can occur because sleep apnea prevents you from getting the full restorative benefits of your sleep, which you rely on to stay alert and focused and make calculated decisions.
If you have untreated sleep apnea, you are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in a a vehicle collision. 8
There is no sleep apnea cure but when used as directed, CPAP treatment is considered 100% effective at treating day-to-day symptoms and improving or possibly eliminating long-term chronic conditions associated with sleep apnea.
Once you begin your sleep apnea treatment, you should soon notice feeling much better and more energized.
Sleep apnea treatment is important because it can improve the quality of your everyday life and offer long-term health benefits that can help resolve issues related to:
If you feel unmotivated, have started treatment and found it uncomfortable, or have used your equipment, felt better and stopped as a result – remember that sleep apnea has no cure and needs ongoing treatment.
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