7 Effects of Sleep Apnea

For those who have never heard of sleep apnea, or who have heard of it but are unsure of what it is, sleep apnea is a relatively common condition that affects one’s ability to breathe while sleeping. The most common type of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and involves the airway collapsing, or otherwise becoming blocked, for a few seconds to a few minutes, making breathing difficult. It is often difficult to diagnose, as it does not lead to specific symptoms that a doctor can test for during a routine visit, such as through blood tests; however, sleep apnea definitely and negatively impacts one’s daily quality of life, and can cause other health issues

7. Negatively Affecting Loved Ones


Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of sleep apnea is the way in which it negatively affects your loved ones. As mentioned before, one of the most common diagnostic tools of sleep apnea is complaints from loved ones.

The loud snoring and whistling can keep partners up throughout the night, leading them to be sleep deprived, irritated, and resentful. Many partners will wake up their sleep apnea affected partner in order to stop the noise. Constantly being awoken by your partner can cause resentment towards them as well.

Because of this, an easily fixable problem can become a wedge in even the strongest relationships. The gasping, choking noise that is frequent in sleep apnea cases can also cause loved ones undue worry and stress.