Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

If left untreated, what are the effects of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea – chronic snoring with paused breathing filled by choking or gasping – can cause people to be more than just tired come morning.

With the lack of sleep and fresh air, sleep apnea can strain your heart, lungs and other organs.

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), if left untreated, sleep apnea can cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Depression

If you think you might have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor for more information on the effects it can have on your health and steps you can take to treat it.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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