Risk Factors are what the medical community calls “co-morbities.” Below are conditions (risk factors/co-morbites) that are found along with Sleep Apnea. Studies are ongoing to determine which came first but we do know that Sleep Apnea increases the risk of various co-morbidities.
Sleep apnea sufferers are more likely to also suffer from:
- heart disease of all types
- decreased cognition/performance/memory
- impaired decision making
- fatigue and work-related accidents
- car accidents
- substance abuse
- suicide risk
Life style choices such as sleep hygiene, dietary habits and exercise greatly affect the severity of sleep apnea and related co-morbidities. If you want to live long and ENJOY life, then make the changes now before it is too late.
Don Lowrance, DDS