Untreated sleep apnea comes with a slew of health complications from diabetes to depression to, yes, high blood pressure. High blood pressure is, in fact, one of the tell-tale signs of untreated sleep apnea–it’s estimated that approximately 30 to 50% of adults with high blood pressure suffer from it. www.eossleep.com
During an apnea episode, breathing is paused and the body must wake suddenly to stop the episode and take in oxygen. This causes our adrenaline, and our blood pressure, to rise suddenly. Combined with the normal drop in oxygen levels during sleep, and even lower oxygen levels due to repeated apnea episodes–as many as 30 times an hour or more in some cases–this can inflict dangerous strain on the cardiovascular system.
It has also been observed that sleep apnea sufferers carry this increased level of adrenaline, and the higher blood pressure that goes with it, into their waking hours. “Research finds that sleep apnea patients have higher levels of adrenaline during the day, as well as higher resting blood pressure.” (according to eossleep.com) Even more alarming is that this type of hypertension is often drug-resistant. In other words, you could take every drug your doctor prescribes to you and it wouldn’t lower your blood pressure because of untreated sleep apnea. Blood pressure would remain elevated until the apnea itself was addressed. If you suspect you may have untreated sleep apnea, and you have high blood pressure, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. Click here to find a provider near you!
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