Obstructive sleep apnea is a fairly indiscriminate bad actor, wreaking havoc not just on your sleep patterns, but on the many biological processes which depend on steady rest and respiration. As this overview points out, that list of biological processes is formidable indeed:
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a number of health problems including hypertension, stroke, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, diabetes, obesity and heart attacks. In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment, work-related accidents, and motor vehicle crashes as well as academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
What can you do if you or your partner has noticed that you tend to snore, gasp or otherwise sleep poorly at night? The list of recommended interventions runs the predictable gamut from basic lifestyle changes all the way to surgical interventions such septoplasty, nasal polyp removal or even balloon sinuplasty.
As the article points out, surgery is an unusually effective means of handling these issues – and the only one which is unlikely to suffer from a backslide down the road:
Surgical procedures may help people with obstructive sleep apnea and others who snore but do not have sleep apnea.
To get started with a lasting solution for your sleep apnea, contact the LA sinus surgeons here.