Sleep apnoea is associated with, and can even cause, various health risks that have the potential for serious consequences. A study of sleep apnoea over the past 20 years has shown that people with moderate to severe sleep apnoea run an increased risk of stroke and death.1
Untreated sleep apnoea ultimately takes a toll on quality of life and mental well-being, often leading to symptoms of depression.1
In some cases, untreated sleep apnoea can also affect your appearance, work and safety.
ResMed details how heart disease and sleep apnoea can coexist. While sleep apnoea can develop as a result of heart disease, it can also accelerate the progression of cardiovascular disease.
ResMed details risk factors/causes of diabetes and sleep apnoea. The two diseases can eventually lead to other serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Sleep apnoea and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often coexist in sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) patients. Learn more about the relationship linking COPD to sleep apnoea.
When left untreated, sleep apnoea can take a toll on your appearance. Learn how ResMed treatment can improve your appearance, reducing puffiness, redness and wrinkles.
Patients with sleep apnoea experience fatigue, daytime drowsiness and a reduced level of alertness, all of which increase their risk of falling asleep at the wheel.