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Apnea Can Impact More Than Just Your Sleep

Posted by Melissa Hanes
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Apnea Can Impact More Than Just Your Sleep

Up to 20 percent of adults experience sleep apnea, and most don’t even know it. You or your spouse might occasionally stop breathing while sleeping, but why should you care if you haven’t even noticed it? Because apnea is related to several other serious health conditions, it might be a warning sign that deserves more of your attention.

Those who experience sleep apnea are more likely to have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes and face an increased risk of strokes and heart attacks. Studies have shown that adults who suffer from sleep apnea are more than twice as likely to die prematurely than those who don’t have the condition.

You might be surprised to learn that aside from your sleeping partner noticing the condition, several other seemingly unrelated symptoms actually point toward an increased likelihood of sleep apnea. Take note if you experience any of these signs:

  • You wake up with a headache in the morning.
  • You’re waking up frequently during the night.
  • You experience dry mouth in the morning.
  • You feel fatigued throughout the day.
  • Your blood pressure readings are high.
  • You experience erectile dysfunction.

If any of those sound familiar, sleep apnea might be the cause of your symptoms. Talking to your doctor about the possibility of sleep apnea can be important because you need to correctly treat the root of the problem. For example, some people with insomnia are prescribed anxiety medications to help them sleep, but those medications can actually make their apnea worse!

The good news is that sleep apnea is treatable, and many people who use CPAP machines are able to reverse their symptoms. Recent improvements to the machines have made them much quieter and easier to use. Other treatments, such as an implant that keeps your airways open during sleep, are also available.

If you suspect that you might be suffering from sleep apnea, a proper diagnosis can help you sleep better. But more importantly, you and your doctor should follow up on checking for related conditions that can put your health and life at risk.

Melissa Hanes //

I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Neosho, MO. My husband (Derek) and I have 6 children and 6 sweet grandchildren who we adore. It wasn’t until 2009 when I moved back to Oklahoma that I started my insurance career and developed a passion for educating seniors on their rights and options regarding Medicare. Over the last decade I’ve been helping this under served population by empowering them to make the best insurance decisions for their individual healthcare needs.

In 2019 I resigned my position as Sales Manager for one of the nation’s largest Medicare insurance carriers to join the amazing team at OKMedicareHelp. I provided support, training and mentorship to hundreds of independent insurance agents around the state of Oklahoma and gave them the tools they needed to make the right impact for Medicare beneficiaries. The experience I gained in my previous role gave me a unique look at how to help navigate the complexities of Medicare for both Medicare beneficiaries and agents alike.

I pride myself on operating with the highest integrity and having a heart to serve our local senior community. I would be honored to help you navigate the complexities of Medicare and be of service for all your insurance needs.

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