Haunted Health: Scary Sleep Apnea Facts

Zombies, ghosts, witches, spiders, vampires and the like are all scary things to experience on Halloween… but have you ever heard about the real-life consequences associated with untreated sleep apnea? Get ready for an extra scare this year:


  1. Many people have no idea that they have sleep apnea. Studies estimate that nearly 80% of people who have this sleep disorder are undiagnosed.
  2. People often gasp or choke in their sleep when they have sleep apnea because they stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. This can happen hundreds of times per night, and often for a full minute or longer.
  3. Sleep apnea results in poor sleep, and severe sleep loss can lead to irreversible brain cell damage.
  4. Resulting from interrupted and inconsistent sleep, those who suffer from sleep apnea are 2.5 times more likely to cause a car accident than those who don’t have sleep apnea.
  5. Scary health complications such as heart disease, depression, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes can result from untreated sleep apnea.
  6. Mold, bacteria, and viruses thrive in the warm, moist environments offered by CPAP masks. CPAP users have an 18% higher risk of contracting an infectious disease than those who don’t use CPAP therapy, usually as a result of dirty CPAP equipment. 

Here’s the happy ending to this nightmare: Oral Appliance Therapy is an effective treatment alternative to CPAP for treating your mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Imagine a world in which you don’t need to spend time thoroughly cleaning your CPAP machine each day; a world in which sleep apnea can’t haunt you anymore. SomnoMed oral devices are the answer.


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