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Between 2% and 4% of all Americans are suffering from an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea. That is one in every 50 people. When this medical issue is unaddressed, individuals are at high risk of some dangerous, and even deadly, consequences. In fact, a study shows that around 38,000 deaths each year are related to cardiovascular problems that are in connection to sleep apnea. CPAP machines and nasal pillows are designed to prevent and treat sleep apnea in order to avoid these unnecessary deaths.

The Health Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea



  1. High blood pressure: When you can't breathe, the oxygen level in your blood drops. Additionally, waking up continuously throughout the night can cause your hormone levels to increase, leading to a rise in blood pressure.

  2. Type 2 Diabetes: Sleep deprivation can prevent your body from using insulin properly. A whole 80% of individuals with type two diabetes also suffer from sleep apnea, and sleep apnea can worsen diabetes, as well, leading to an endless cycle.

  3. Heart disease: Those with sleep apnea are at a higher risk for heart attack. Sleep apnea disrupts how your body receives oxygen, making it difficult for your brain to control how blood is distributed throughout your body.

  4. Stroke: People with untreated sleep apnea are four times more likely to have a stroke than those who are not afflicted.

  5. Weight gain and obesity: Sleep apnea causes your body to release more of the hormone that makes you crave sugar and carbohydrates. Because you have not gotten enough sleep, you are too fatigued to turn those calories into energy, thus causing weight gain.

  6. Preventable accidents: Losing sleep will cause you to feel tired during the day. If you are groggy while driving or operating machinery, you are far more likely to be involved in an accident and harm yourself and others.
  It has been estimated that as many as 18 million Americans experience sleep apnea to some degree. Fortunately, we have the tools at our disposal to treat the effects and prevent further harm. For the best results, patients are advised to use CPAP machines at least 70% of the time during a 30 day period, for at least four hours each night.