Yes, sleep apnea can kill you – through its interactions with other life-threatening conditions.
Those with untreated sleep apnea may be more likely to:
Due to the links between sleep apnea, serious medical conditions and dangerous situations, researchers have claimed that there may be a link between sleep apnea and an “increased likelihood of premature death.”6
Of course, we don’t say that to scare anyone. But we get asked that question often, and we want people to know how serious this condition is so they know how positively life-changing effective treatment can be.
Patrick Stafford sure knows the risks. Stafford is a 27-year-old husband, father and writer for tech media outlet Gizmodo. He also has severe sleep apnea and recently wrote an article about his journey to diagnosis and introduction to CPAP. The title “The deadly reality of living with sleep apnea” doesn’t mince words; Stafford states the very real risks that we mention above.
While the risks of untreated sleep apnea are serious, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) treatment is clinically proven to reduce these risks.7,8 What’s more: CPAP masks and machines now have more features for added comfort and ease of use compared to some of the older models shown in Stafford’s article.
Stafford himself says he currently uses ResMed’s latest AirSense™ 10 Elite, which features built-in humidification, AutoRamp™ (to keep your air pressure comfortably lower until you fall asleep), and myAir™ (a free program that lets you track your nightly CPAP data on your smartphone or computer).
In Stafford’s story, his first motivation to start treatment is about lowering harmful risks – which CPAP can help with. But he also acknowledges everything he has gained since using CPAP – the endurance to perform at his job, the alertness to get there safely, and the energy to be with his wife and son when he gets home at night. As Stafford says, “I feel alive. More than I’ve ever felt.”
We hope you share Patrick’s story with others and encourage them to rediscover a great night’s sleep and reap the benefits that Patrick and his family have.
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